Interview with Clay East
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QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

Now, you owned the store, and you were a business-person, but when people found out that you were involved with the union, what happened? Tell me that story.

CLAY EAST:

Well, to begin with, I was socialist, and that's what caused us to have the union. I had studied that, and as I said before, Upton Sinclair was probably the cause. I knew something was wrong with the country. They were, people was plowing under that cotton, and they didn't have decent clothes, no sheets in the house or nothing else, so I knew there was something wrong with the economy and the country. That's when I actually became interested in Socialism, so, me being a Socialist, and studying that information I got from New York about them, caused us to form a union.