Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Armour Packing Company

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Interview with Pedro Ibarra by Laurie Bretz as part of a project documenting the Kansas City, Kansas, Hispanic community. Ibarra discusses the numerous industries in the Central Industrial District, the describes Mexican immigrants moving into the area as Eastern European descendents moved out in response to a changing labor climate and seeking higher wages. He also describes union organization through the CIO, and the effect of the 1951 flood on the Armour packing house and other businesses in the West Bottoms, as well as residents in the area.