Interview with James E. Plunkett, November 3, 1984

Project: Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Born in Danville, Virginia, James Plunkett (1896-1986) spent much his life moving from job to job, including tobacco farmer, bricklayer, railroad worker, and bartender. Over the course of two interviews conducted in 1983 and 1984, Plunkett recounts his childhood helping his father farm tobacco in Virginia, his decision at age 20 to move north in search of opportunity, and the "sporting life" he witnessed once in Philadelphia: speakeasies, bootleg liquor, women, and the "numbers racket."

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2014oh182_gn034

Interviewee Name

James E. Plunkett

Interviewer Name

Charles Hardy, III

Interview Date

1984-11-03

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Plunkett, James E. Interview by Charles Hardy, III. 03 Nov. 1984. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Plunkett, J.E. (1984, November 03). Interview by C. H. III. Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Plunkett, James E., interview by Charles Hardy, III. November 03, 1984, Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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