Audio Recording "I was born in Puerto Rico."

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"I was born in Puerto Rico."
Contributor Names
Soria, Ralph (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  Emigration and Immigration
-  Puerto Ricans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Soria Real Estate Agency (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Ralph Soria, owner of Soria Real Estate Agency on Oliver Street.
-  Summary of audio segment: RS was raised here, and name was changed to "Ralph", though it's the same name as his Spanish name, Rafael. RS was born in Puerto Rico, Monte Bello, a small country town outside of a larger city. His father was involved in agriculture, sugar cane. Started there, and then became a foreman, but didn't earn much money, and to support the family father did agriculture, raised pigs, cows, horses, everything, little by little. And that's the way he supported us. Life was very bad, was hard. So he decided in 1952 to come to the US, to better himself. RS's father came directly to Paterson. There was someone living in Paterson [whom RS's father knew]. And his first residence here was on Prince Street, where the new county building is. There was an old building there with furnished rooms, paid $3 or $4 a week, and that's how they established themselves. Then got an apartment with some friends there, and from there started going. Father got a job as a dishwasher at Europa Diner on Grand Street.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A023
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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Soria, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "I was born in Puerto Rico.". -09-13, 1994. Audio.

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Soria, R. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "I was born in Puerto Rico.". -09-13. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Soria, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "I was born in Puerto Rico.". -09-13, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.