Halpern, Carl (interviewee)
In this oral history interview conducted by son Joel Halpern, Carl Halpern talks about his recollections of his mother. Carl talks about her interests, pride and enjoyment in her children and grandchildren, the closeness of the family, and her emphasis on education. He talks about the hardships that she faced, the relationships between various family members and her loyalty towards her husband. Carl speaks about her religion, the poor neighborhood they lived in and how the neighbors helped each other. He describes things like the quarter gas meters, ice delivery, food, making clothing, dealing with sickness. He continues talking about occupations, unions, sweatshops, social workers who became interested in the working class, introduction of machinery in the factories that produced faster than the workers could, strikes, the conditions in the factories, advancement in mechanical technologies, unemployment, the higher cost of food today because of packaging and more preparation, the number of hours people work, and railroads. He also recalls Electro Chemical, the company that he worked for, including number of employees, machinery, people being fired because of improvements in machinery, and when the company went out of business. Lastly, Carl talks about soybeans and artificial foods used as filler in foods to make the food stretch farther and the companies gaining more profit.