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Audio clip from interview with Dorothy Eisenberg, October 23, 2014

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Part of an interview with Dorothy Eisenberg on October 23, 2014. In this clip, Eisenberg discusses how she became involved with the Democratic party and the League of Women Voters in Las Vegas.

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Dorothy Eisenberg oral history interview, 2014 October 23. OH-02176. [Audio recording]. Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Yes. My next step was to go to a meeting they had advertised in the newspaper about a Democratic meeting. So I went there and I walked in to someone's apartment. At that point it was very conservative, the Democratic Party here. Let's put it this way; I was not welcomed. How did you know? Well, they say, "You people have different ideas about what we should be doing," and, "That's not how we do it here." So were they referring to... I don't know Jewish. They thought I was from back East; I was from New York. Like, you people from New York. I said, "No, I'm from Philadelphia." I don't think they knew the difference, New York or Philadelphia. But I was absolutely not welcomed. McCarran was the senator then. When I came to town and saw McCarran Airport, I flipped out because McCarran to us was somebody who put in that bill that would not allow refugees to come in from Europe. What kind of Jews? Refugees that wanted to come in. He put in that bill. It was McCarran. I was stunned that he would have been so accepted and have the airport named for him and all other kinds of things named for him. But he was the face of the Democratic Party. So certainly, it was not where I belonged. Then I saw a story in the newspaper that said they were forming a League of Women Voters and having a meeting at Estie Rousso's house. Estie Rousso's husband was Marshall Rousso; they had dress shops. So Estie was connected with that family.