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Joe Jacobs oral history interview, July 12, 1991

Identifier: JacobsJ_19910712_P1991-01

Scope and Contents

Interivewed by Cliff Kuhn and Millie Beck. Among topics discussed: Lakewood auto strike of 1936; General Motors Fisher Body plant; Max Zaritsky; "dong" men; T.O. Sturdivant, Atlanta chief of police; David Dubinsky; Ralph McGill; the "scab" story; Tom West; "missionary speeches"; Noel Bedow; Simmons Bed Spring Company; "Vulture's Nest"; steel plant union organization; coal mines; Saul Klenburg plant; Workmen's Circle; Barney Firestone; Jacob's early residence in Atlanta; Joe Silver; Jewish experience in Russia in the early 1900s; Jewish "Shule"; "Shulervorwaltung"; Lewis Cenker; Merlin family; Carl Karston; German Jews; Socialist Party; segregated meetings; enforcement of segregation in Birmingham; G.H.W. Thomas; Ku Klux Klan; Mildred Kingloff; Sam Kingloff.


  • Creation: July 12, 1991


Restrictions on Access

Available in Reading Room and online

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 (1:20:55 duration) transcript (71 pages))

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

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