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Weiner, Sylvia (1912-2008) to Morris "Moe" Weiner

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09414.0039 Author/Creator: Weiner, Sylvia (1912-2008) Place Written: [Brooklyn, New York] Type: Typed letter signed Date: 19 May 1943 Pagination: 6 p. ; 28 x 21.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Sylvia is tired because she walked all the way to her father's house. Saw children along the way, boys chasing girls and the girls calling them "dirty little Polack." Feels that "despite all we've gone through with the Depression and the War, things have not changed essentially."

Background Information: John L. Lewis- Labor Leader-United Mine Workers. Founded CIO.
Wendell Willkie (1892-1944)- Utilities attorney and US presidential candidate in 1944.
American Federal of Labor (AFL)-The largest union grouping in ...the United States for the first half of the 20th century.
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People: Weiner, Morris "Moe" (1909-1988)
Weiner, Sylvia (1912-2008)
Lewis, John Llewellyn, 1880-1969
Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis)., 1892-1944

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: MarriageSoldier's LetterWorld War IIWomen's HistoryMilitary HistoryWoman AuthorChildren and FamilyGreat DepressionImmigration and Migration

Sub Era: World War II

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