Halpern, Carl (interviewee)
This oral history interview conducted by son Joel Halpern, Carl Halpern focuses on his memories of the Electro Chemical Company where he worked from 1917-1965. He talks about people who worked in the factory, their nationality or religious identities and hiring practices including when he was hired. He recalls memories of the other companies and stores in the neighborhood, transition of the company during various periods, taking an accounting class at Mechanics Institute, and cleaning up problems with dishonest workers and foremen. Carl also talks about where he grew up in the Bronx, the shopping center, a charity group that his grandmother and other women created to feed hungry children and his father's membership in the Workmen's Circle. He describes sit down strikes in the automobile industry that he witnessed in Detroit, unions, beatings, changes after World War II, improvements in production, and women in the factory.