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Guide to the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection 2011.019

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

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Pattie McGill and Ralph McGill, 2013 August 3

Biographical note

Pattie McGill was born to African American parents and raised in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. She worked as a school aide in a public school in East New York.

Biographical note

Ralph McGill was born to an Italian mother and a white American father and raised in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. He worked as a mechanic in his family's auto business.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, the McGills discuss their childhoods in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn; perceptions of cultural changes in East New York; courtship, marriage, and raising children in New York City; and plans for retirement. Interview conducted by Dorothy Saint Jean.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library. The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • Community identity -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Parenthood
  • Racially mixed families

Subject Places

  • East New York (New York, N.Y.)