Audio Recording "The church, the school, and the home worked together."

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"The church, the school, and the home worked together."
Contributor Names
McDowell, Rev. Louis (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Child labor--New Jersey
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Work ethic
-  Harlow, Jean, 1911-1937
-  Shoe shiners
-  McDowell's Barber Shop (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Reverend Louis McDowell, owner, McDowell's Barber Shop.
-  Summary of audio segment: Shining shoes was a big business for kids then; kids went out and earned their money. Some boys sold newspapers. When Jean Harlow died, we stopped shining that day and went and sold newspapers, "Read all about it! Jean Harlow died!" You did everything for an honest living. Kids worked, they had something to do. The 'thirties and 'forties especially, those boys and girls -- men and women that are living today -- had a start, the old way of doing things. The kid was disciplined at home. The church, the school and the home worked together.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A022
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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Mcdowell, Rev. Louis, and Susan Levitas. "The church, the school, and the home worked together.". -08-30, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

McDowell, R. L. & Levitas, S. (1994) "The church, the school, and the home worked together.". -08-30. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Mcdowell, Rev. Louis, and Susan Levitas. "The church, the school, and the home worked together.". -08-30, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.