Audio Recording "It's amazing, what people do to survive."

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"It's amazing, what people do to survive."
Contributor Names
Boyle, Patrick (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Clothing industry
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Garden State Cutting Company (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Patrick Boyle, an employee at Garden State Cutting Co.
-  Summary of audio segment: PB doesn't work a second job, as some people do. PB says they go crazy in this place, a lot of them [juggling two or three jobs and running a household]. Understands why, but doesn't know how they do it. A lot of people who have just become American citizens, they have family who live in poor countries, this is a rich country, they make good money here and send it home to their families. Can send a hundred dollars to Mexico, you're sending them the equivalent of $10,000. PB hears from people at work how much the US dollar is worth down there. That's why they have two jobs, to send money home. And they live in a one room apartment. They're not saving to buy a house, they're saving to help their families survive down there. PB has a friend who used to work here who buys old school buses, fixes them up, and drives them down to Mexico. He fills them up, he goes around to different towns picking up bicycles, washing machines, and he goes to flea markets and buys clothes for 50 cents, they just jam pack that bus, drive it down there, and resell it. Leaves the bus there. Comes back, then does it over again. He does that twice a year. He works in Bloomfield, has a regular job, saves money to buy the bus, fix whatever needs fixing, and takes it down there, to Mexico. It's amazing, what people do to survive.
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Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A017
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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Boyle, Patrick, and Thomas D Carroll. "It's amazing, what people do to survive.". -09-06, 1994. Audio.

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