Saturday, September 22, 2007

Rosie The Riveter

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In the series NY War Stories, a companion piece to the Burn's documentary, one of the featured New Yorkers is Josephine Rachieli of North Babylon, Long Island. I used "Rosie" images from the collection of the Library Of Congress. The song is song by The Four Vagabonds, written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb, from early 1943.
From wikipedia:"Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the six million women who worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and material during World War II. These women took the places of the male workers who were absent fighting in the Pacific and European theaters. The character is now considered a feminist icon in the US, and a herald of women's economic power to come. Rosie and her slogan were featured on newspapers, magazines and posters."
The lyrics:
All the day long,
Whether rain or shine,
She's a part of the assembly line.
She's making history,
Working for victory,
Rosie the Riveter.
Keeps a sharp lookout for sabotage,
Sitting up there on the fuselage.
That little girl will do more than a male will do.
Rosie's got a boyfriend, Charlie.
Charlie, he's a Marine.
Rosie is protecting Charlie,
Working overtime on the riveting machine
When they gave her a production "E",
She was as proud as she could be,
There's something true about,
Red, white, and blue about,
Rosie the Riveter.

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