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Document Details


Title: James Jordan
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Virginia. Carter G. Woodson Institute. Virginia Center for Digital History
Collection: Esmont Oral Histories
Description: James Jordan was born in Esmont, the tenth of twelve children, and except for a brief stint in Los Angeles and his army experience, has lived there all his life. He shares some memories and stories about his grandparents, conveys the affectionate nature of his parents' marriage, and details their various work experiences, particularly the challenge of long distance employment for both and the occasion when his mother stood up to her white employer over the timeliness of her paycheck. Jordan recalls in much detail his daily life and chores growing up. He also tells of Buster (Albert) Scott, the local baseball player who was extremely talented and known into neighboring counties. Jordan describes the difficulties he faced in transferring from the Esmont school to the Burley school in Charlottesville. He relates the story of how he decided to join the military at 17 and how during his four years there he found "soul brothers. . . in a white skin!" Jordan was the first African American to be offered a salesperson job at Sears Roebuck in Charlottesville, but he refused it, preferring to continue working in shipping and receiving.
URL: http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/afam/raceandplace/transcripts/jjordan2.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2001 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Jordan, James
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker place of birth: Esmont, VA; Virginia; United States; North America
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Military personnel; Retail worker
Document date: 10-Oct-2001
Interviewer: Lawrence, Sarah
Locations discussed: North America; United States; Virginia
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African Americans--Segregation; Community; North America; Oral history; Race relations; Racism; United States; Virginia
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0024808-26543