Tampa WPA Office Papers
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Federal Writers' Project of Florida
Cortina Pinera's story of how he came to Tampa from Cuba as a teenager and worked in a cafe and as a reader in a cigar factory. During the Depression, he lost his cafe job, then became totally unemployed when cigar factory owners abolished the position of readers in the factories. Cortina Pinera laments the loss of the readers, and describes his life as an unemployed worker and recipient of government relief. The autobiography is followed by comments from Mrs. Jose Quintana, a supervisor at the Emergency Relief Council of Hillsborough County, and author Manuel Marrero.
Working class, Unemployment
Cortina Pinera, Gerardo; Marrero, Manuel; and Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. Federal Writers' Project. Florida., "Autobiography of a person who insisted on writing one" (1935). Tampa WPA Office Papers. 28.