Interview with Melquiades Quiroga

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Description: 

Interview with Melquiades Quiroga by Laurie Bretz as part of a project documenting the Kansas City, Kansas, Hispanic community. Quiroga discusses being brought to the United States by his parents in 1915 at the age of 4, and going to work in the ice plant in Argentine in 1928. He describes working 15-20 hour days, and the formation of the union in 1942. After unionizing, he reports higher wages, but also describes pay discrimination, winter work reduction and families living in uninsulated shacks, and the hard work done at the ice plant. He also discusses work for the railroad, returning to live in Mexico for a time as a child, and gender roles without the family.

Modern Location: 
Kansas City, KS
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Publication, commercial use, or reproduction of this image or the accompanying data requires prior written permission from the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas. Use of this image also requires that credit be given to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas.
Collection Title, Call or Box Number: 
Kansas City, Kansas, Spanish Speaking office interviews and slides, RH MS 752
Digital Object Identifier: 
KU-RHMS752-F005-0001
Transcription: 
KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.