Interview: James E. Plunkett, November 3, 1984

Title

Interview: James E. Plunkett, November 3, 1984

Subject

African Americans--Recreation
African Americans--Social conditions.
African Americans--Social life and customs.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social conditions.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social life and customs.
African Americans--Southern States.
Migration, Internal.
African Americans--Employment.
African Americans--Politics and government.
Race discrimination.
Racism
African Americans--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
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 witnessed once in Philadelphia: speakeasies, bootleg liquor, women, and the "numbers racket."

Date

1984-11-03

Format

audio

Identifier

2014OH182GN034

Interviewer

Charles Hardy

Interviewee

James E. Plunkett

Interview Keyword

Childhood
Agriculture.
African American families
Danville (Va.)
Traditional farming
Tobacco farms
Farm life.
Country life
Farm tenancy
Sharecropping
Prohibition
Distilling, illicit
Elections--Corrupt practices
Political corruption

Files

plunkett_OH.jpg


Citation

“Interview: James E. Plunkett, November 3, 1984,” Goin' North, accessed November 12, 2019, https://goinnorth.org/items/show/1066.