Interview with Clay East
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QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

Perfect, absolutely perfect. Now, we talked about it a little bit before, but after Mitch and the other people came back from Washington, you started, you decided to form a union. Can you tell me that story of how you actually decided? Yesterday, when we talked, you told me you were riding around in a car—

CLAY EAST:

No, that is wrong.

INTERVIEWER:

That's not right?

CLAY EAST:

The union had already, we'd already had the union organized.

INTERVIEWER:

OK, just tell me about that, then.

CLAY EAST:

Well, after Norman Thomas was there, he had dinner at my home, and he—

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INTERVIEWER:

Stop, let's stop for a second.

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CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

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INTERVIEWER:

Ready Susan?

INTERVIEWER #2:

Yes.

INTERVIEWER:

Now, can you tell me the Norman Thomas story we just talked about?

CLAY EAST:

Yes, Norman Thomas, I introduced him out at the schoolhouse after we had driven him around to see a group of farmers and the way they were living. I took him out to Norcross Plantation, and took him through the Norcross's barn out there, and he had concrete floors and running water and all that for the hogs. So, when he got up to make his talk at the schoolhouse, he brought it out that animals were being treated better there than people was, sharecroppers. So...