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Joe Jacobs oral history interview, August 15, 1990

 Item — othertype: Oral History
Identifier: JacobsJ_19900815_P1991-01

Scope and Contents

Interviewed by Cliff Kuhn. Among topics discussed: Family background; parents background in Poland; emigration to Patterson, N.J.; subsequent migration to Birmingham; father's employment at ACIPCO; family name change from Yuskowitz to Jacobs; father's butcher business; Workmen's Circle; Hebrew school; move to New York in Jacobs' junior year of high school; father's union activity; recruitment of blacks in Birmingham to work in West Virginia mines as strikebreakers; the Morris Schwartz Theater; Labor Lyceum in Atlanta; return to Atlanta in 1924; Socialist Party.


  • Creation: August 15, 1990


Restrictions on Access

Oral history available for research.

Biographical Note

Joe Jacobs has served as a labor lawyer in the South since 1929. He has served as counsel for the Southeast Building Trades Conference, general counsel and southern director for the United Textile Workers of America, and southern counsel for the United Hatters, Cap and Millinery Workers, and the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, as well as being an active member of Workmen's Circle, a labor‑oriented Jewish fraternal order.


2 item(s) (audio (1:42:20 duration) transcript (46 pages))

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

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