John C. Waddell Oral History Interview, September 15, 1980

Oral History #OH0061

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: John C. Waddell Oral History Interview
    Creator: Lennon, Donald R.
    Waddell, John C.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Extent: 0.005 Cubic feet, 1 audiocassette, 1.25 hours, 19 pages ,
  • Description

    John C. Waddell worked for Universal Leaf Tobacco Company when he was sent to Shanghai, China, to operate a redrying factory in 1930. Waddell comments on living conditions in the International Settlement, including social activities (pp. 9-10) and the fear of being kidnapped (pp. 3-4). He also discusses competition between tobacco companies (pp. 12-14), Chinese tobacco quality (p. 3), and wages paid Chinese tobacco workers (p. 15).

    Waddell discusses the death and destruction in Nanking (1937) and Shanghai (1932, 1937) during the Sino-Japanese War, the effect of the war on tobacco production (p. 5), and the 1937 evacuation of American women and children, including his wife, to Manila on the PRESIDENT JEFFERSON (pp. 17-19).

    Good descriptions of Chinese life are also given concerning transportation methods, villages (p. 4), a funeral in Shanghai (pp. 8-9), effects of binding on women's feet (pp. 16-17), and the execution of a robber (pp. 15-16).

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information Acquisition Information

    Gift of John C. Waddell

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

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    Preferred Citation

    John C. Waddell Oral History Interview (#OH0061), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by M. Cherry, April 1988

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