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Interview with David Fifield, July, 21, 1976, Beloit, Wisconsin

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Fifield, David


Clem Imhoff interviews David Fifield on July 21, 1976 in Beloit, Wisconsin. Fifield tells of his family background in Janesville, Wisconsin, their jewelry business, their move to a farm near Beloit, and then into Beloit. Fifield also gives his recollection of the migration of African-Americans from Mississippi into Beloit, his responsibilities as a Selective Service Board clerk during World War II, and the induction of blacks into segregated units. This oral history is part of a series of tape-recorded interviews conducted in 1976 by Clem Imhoff for the Beloit Bicentennial Commission with black and white residents of Beloit, Wisconsin, concerning migration of blacks to the city from Kentucky and Mississippi after World War I and their lives before and after the move. Included in the interviews are references to employment and labor problems at Fairbanks-Morse, education, churches, the Women's Community Club, Beloit College, and the local chapter of the NAACP.
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