Interview with Melquiades Quiroga

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.

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Modern Location
Kansas City, KS
Neighborhood
Collection Title, Call or Box Number
Kansas City, Kansas, Spanish Speaking office interviews and slides, RH MS 752
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Digital Object Identifier
KU-RHMS752-F005-0001