Michael W. Dickens interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-11-15
Michael Dickens, longshoreman at the Port of Houston, tells Betsy Peterson about the camaraderie between workers on the waterfront. He talks about the gang system adopted during hiring, how he started off doing very labor intensive work and the reshuffle of seniors during the merging of the labor unions.
Recorded at the Offices of the International Longshoremen's Association, Webster, Texas, November 15, 2011.
Working the port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/006: 00307) Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program was established at the American Folklife Center in 2010. Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the contemporary culture and traditions of American workers.