Audio Recording "Your word will stand when everything else falls."

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"Your word will stand when everything else falls."
Contributor Names
Mangrum, Charles (Narrator)
Taylor, David Alan, 1951- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Work ethic
-  Kalkstein Silk Mills, Inc. (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Charles Mangrum, Director of Personnel at Kalkstein Silk Mills, Inc., 75 Wood Street, Paterson, N.J. The interview is being conducted at a lunch room at Kalkstein Silk Mills, on a Saturday.
-  Summary of audio segment: Story about learning value of keeping one's word. "I remember the incident when my dad told me to chop firewood when I was maybe ten, eleven years old, because we had wood-burnng stove. And I knew he was going to be late that night; I figures that I didn't have to chop the amount he indicated. And I was wrong because he came home--I think it was around nine-thirty or ten o'clock that night. I was asleep. He got me out of bed and he told me to make a bonfire. And I said, "Why?" He says, "Well, you're going to have to chop that wood I told you to chop." So I never tried to get away with anything anymore after that. I knew that it was something, hey, you just don't do. You do what you're supposed to do and that's it."
Analog Audio Cassette
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-DT-A024
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Mangrum, Charles, and David Alan Taylor. "Your word will stand when everything else falls.". -09-10, 1994. Audio.

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Mangrum, C. & Taylor, D. A. (1994) "Your word will stand when everything else falls.". -09-10. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Mangrum, Charles, and David Alan Taylor. "Your word will stand when everything else falls.". -09-10, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.