Interview: James E. Plunkett, August 4, 1983

Title

Interview: James E. Plunkett, August 4, 1983

Subject

Race discrimination.
African Americans--Employment.
African Americans--Recreation
African Americans--Social life and customs.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social life and customs.
African Americans--Conduct of life.
African Americans--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
African Americans--Social conditions.
African Americans--Southern States.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social conditions.
United States--Race relations.

Description

Born in Danville, Virginia, James Plunkett (1896-1986) spent much his life moving from job to job, including tobacco farmer, bricklayer, railroad worker, and bartender. Over the course of two interviews conducted in 1983 and 1984, Plunkett recounts his childhood helping his father farm tobacco in Virginia, his decision at age 20 to move north in search of opportunity, and the “sporting life” he enjoyed once in Philadelphia, going to speakeasies, drinking bootleg liquor, chasing women, and playing the “numbers racket.”

Date

1983-08-04

Format

audio

Identifier

2014OH181GN033

Interviewer

Charles Hardy

Interviewee

James E. Plunkett

Interview Keyword

African Americans--Religion.
Neighborhoods.
African Americans--Education.
Racism
African Americans--Segregation

Files

plunkett_OH.jpg


Citation

“Interview: James E. Plunkett, August 4, 1983,” Goin' North, accessed November 12, 2019, https://goinnorth.org/items/show/1065.