Audio Recording "I always look to being ahead, I always like to be a leader."

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Title
"I always look to being ahead, I always like to be a leader."
Contributor Names
Soria, Ralph (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-13
Subject Headings
-  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
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Ralph Soria, owner of Soria Real Estate Agency on Oliver Street.
-  Summary of audio segment: RS always wanted to get ahead, be a leader. RS worked two jobs, trying to get ahead, and to help his family. And discrimination was bad too, couldn't get a decent a place. RS says his father is very white, and would get an apartment and when the landlord found out they were Puerto Rican, they wanted to throw them out. Thanks to a police officer, by the name of Genta, and the Genta family, they wanted to help them out. So rented an apartment to them, and Genta resisted neighbors who wanted them out of there because they were Puerto Rican. And people saw they were nice clean people, they stayed in the house and started making friends. Even then there was a lot of discrimination, they kept going. But it was bad, it was really hard. In the 1950s, you couldn't even move around because you either got a beating or had to run, had to fight all the time.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A023
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.tca02303
Online Format
audio

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Credit line

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

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Chicago citation style:

Soria, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "I always look to being ahead, I always like to be a leader.". -09-13, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003984/.

APA citation style:

Soria, R. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "I always look to being ahead, I always like to be a leader.". -09-13. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003984/.

MLA citation style:

Soria, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "I always look to being ahead, I always like to be a leader.". -09-13, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003984/>.