Interview: William S. Steffens, April 23, 1984

Title

Interview: William S. Steffens, April 23, 1984

Subject

Race discrimination.
Racism
African Americans--Education.
African Americans--Social life and customs.
African Americans--Southern States.
African American families
African Americans--Employment.
African Americans--Economic conditions.
African Americans--Social conditions.
Segregation.
African Americans--Conduct of life.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social conditions.
United States--Race relations.

Description

William Steffens (b. 1897) was born to Fannie and Manuel Steffens in Jacksonville, Florida. He and his family remained in Jacksonville until 1917 when the family gradually made their way North. Life in Jacksonville exposed Steffens to discrimination and racial violence at an early age, and as he grew up his awareness of racism grew with him, ultimately leading him to make his own journey North in 1917, after which he worked a variety of jobs.

Date

1984-04-23

Format

audio

Identifier

2014OH188GN040

Interviewer

Donna DeVore

Interviewee

William S. Steffens

Interview Keyword

African Americans--Health and hygiene.
Childhood
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
Slavery--United States.
Wages.
World War, 1914-1918

Files

Steffens_OH.jpg


Citation

“Interview: William S. Steffens, April 23, 1984,” Goin' North, accessed November 12, 2019, https://goinnorth.org/items/show/1071.