Jose Vega Diaz oral history interview
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Mormino, Gary R.
University of South Florida Libraries
This is an oral history interview with Jose Vega Diaz, a longtime resident of Ybor City. Diaz was born in Cuba in 1884 and came to Ybor City with his family in 1892. At age twelve he began learning the cigar trade, and he worked in various factories until 1926. Diaz discusses the cigar trade and its practices, including the custom of the lector, or reader, and describes three of the strikes in which he and other workers participated.
Cigar makers--Interviews, Cigar industry--Florida--Tampa, Strikes and Lockouts--Florida--Tampa, History--Ybor City (Tampa, Fla.), Social Life and customs--Ybor City (Tampa, Fla.)
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Cigar makers--Interviews; Cigar industry--Florida--Tampa; Strikes and Lockouts--Florida--Tampa; History--Ybor City (Tampa, Fla.); Social Life and customs--Ybor City (Tampa, Fla.)
oral histories, online audio
University of South Florida
Ybor City Oral History Project
University of South Florida Libraries--Florida Studies Center and Diaz, Jose V., "Jose Vega Diaz oral history interview" (2009). Ybor City Oral History Project. 13.