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Interview with Dora Jones
Courtesy of the Library of Congress

taken directly from the article:

"A few of the group haltingly tried to remedy their defective reading; another having finished her meal, had pushed her chair back from the table and was poring over a booklet on elementary arithmetic.  It was enlightening to know that these women, instead of working themselves up to a dither because they had not gotten a job, used their leisure time to further their mental faculties.

After the article by Mr. Runyon had been duly discussed it was decided that the article was to be clipped from paper and pinned to the bulletin board.  While the young lady was pinning the article on, I ventured to look at the very informative bulletin board.  There were numerous clippings, from papers, pamphlets and periodicals pertaining to the domestic situation the country over.  There were notices of bills to be presented, bills that had been presented, and petitions to be signed by the members of the union.  Directly in front of the bulletin board was a well stocked book..."

What do you think the purpose of this continuation is?
Can you draw any conclusions about the interviewers' opinion on domestic workers based on the language in the document?
Who do you think the intended audience is?

Interview with Belle Alexander
Courtesy of the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, Washington University, 2004.

Why do you think that she says, at the end, "you found everything good to work with?"
Who do you think were the "4-F's?"
Do you think that Belle Alexander seems proud of her time spent at Boeing? Why or Why not?

Personal Account of Naomi Craig
Courtesy of the Honors English Program at South Kingstown High School

introduction to Naomi:

"A "church" person and defense plant worker, Naomi Craig participated and coordinated countless activities with zealous efforts, despite the heavy discrimination surrounding her."

How did life change for African American women when the war came?
Were women like Naomi Craig proud of the contributions they were making?
Did Naomi Craig feel as included in society with other parts of the war effort?