Audio Recording "There's fifty-thousand ahead of you, boys, better go back where you came from."

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Title
"There's fifty-thousand ahead of you, boys, better go back where you came from."
Contributor Names
Basileo, Angelo (Narrator)
McCarl, Robert (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-11
Subject Headings
-  Italian Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Retirees
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Haledon
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Angelo Basileo at his home in Haledon, New Jersey.
-  Summary of audio segment: "So we got to the west coast, finally. Between hitchhiking . . . walking . . . horse and wagon . . . freight cars and walking track . . . big stones laying on top of that. And in boxcars there was probably twenty guys with us. Every boxcar going east was empty and open, the guys were all going west. We got there and I think we wound up in San Bernardino and the cops were there waiting at the train stations for all these bums. To them we're bums. What are you doing here? Looking for work. There's fifty thousand ahead of you, boys, you better go back where you came from.' And we had money, we can hire a hotel if we want to. 'Okay, wish you luck.' And then our money started to run out. So we decided we better head back. So we got to Tucson, and the money ran out. 'Cause the two weeks we were at the farm we only had about thirty-two bucks each. And that began to run out, too. So, we went to a telegraph station in Tucson and sent a telegram home. At that time, my uncle and aunt lived upstairs and my mother and father downstairs in the same house. My uncle always had a few bucks more than we did, he wanted to send me $500 to take the train all the way home. 'Nah, just send me fifty bucks, that's what I started out with.' Hitchhiked back. We got back in September, and that was it. I went back to Wright's. And I stayed there until, I don't know, until it slowed down or something. And so I wound up in Watson. And I don't know what year that was. It was in 'thirties anyway. Around 1933."
Medium
Analog Audio Cassette
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-RM-A008
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afcwip.rma00808
Online Format
audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Basileo, Angelo, and Robert McCarl. "There's fifty-thousand ahead of you, boys, better go back where you came from.". -08-11, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003204/.

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Basileo, A. & McCarl, R. (1994) "There's fifty-thousand ahead of you, boys, better go back where you came from.". -08-11. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003204/.

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Basileo, Angelo, and Robert McCarl. "There's fifty-thousand ahead of you, boys, better go back where you came from.". -08-11, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003204/>.