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Document Details


Title: William M. Rush
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: William Rush, who was born and raised in Esmont, shares his experiences from early childhood, when he was forced to quit school and work on a farm in order to help support his family, through early adulthood, when he saved up money from his railroad job to buy a two-toned Packard in an effort to gain the attention of his future wife (Louise Rush), and into adult life, as he had children and worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation. Mr. Rush shares his experiences of life in a rural community during Jim Crow, highlighting the long-term damaging consequences of racial segregation, but also describing a level of familiarity between rural African Americans and White Americans living in "the country," a familiarity aided by their remoteness from prying governmental eyes.
URL: http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/afam/raceandplace/transcripts/wrush.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2002 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Rush, William M.
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker place of birth: Esmont, VA; Virginia; United States; North America
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Laborer; Transportation worker
Document date: 25-Apr-2002
Interviewer: Brand, Mieka
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: OHI0024812-26547