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The Hook: Recollections of Donald “Red” Barrett


Donald “Red” Barrett was a longshoreman for 34 years, working on piers in Brooklyn, Newark, and Hoboken. From 1955 until 1970, when the shipping companies abandoned Hoboken, Donald "Red" documented the hiring hall (“the shape-up” on the top floor of City Hall), the docks, the cargo ships, and his fellow longshoremen—day by day amassing a vital record of the city’s working waterfront.

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