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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Hill Baker, June 1977. Interview H-0109-2. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Lifetime of hard work was all right

Baker takes a mild approach to his decades of labor. He believes that workers should be treated well, that workers should be willing to work hard, and assesses his own lifetime of labor as all right.

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Oral History Interview with Hill Baker, June 1977. Interview H-0109-2. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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PATTY DILLEY:
What do you think is the best thing that's ever happened to working people in your lifetime?
HILL BAKER:
The best thing is to treat them nice and pay them good money and a good job. That's the best I would know.
PATTY DILLEY:
What do you think has been the worst thing that ever happened to you at your job, or the worst thing that's happened to working people in general?
HILL BAKER:
It seemed to me like they treated them all about alike. Anybody that was no good and wouldn't want to work, why, of course you had to go. They would keep people who would work. Some folks won't work in a pie factory.
PATTY DILLEY:
[Laughter] Did you ever wish that you didn't have to work there so hard?
HILL BAKER:
Oh, no. It suited me.
PATTY DILLEY:
You liked the work?
HILL BAKER:
Yes, it was all right.