Hobby describes what it was like to work with his father, briefly, following World War II. Hobby's father worked as a bricklayer, and as such, he experienced more dynamic interactions with African American workers during the 1930s and 1940s than workers in other settings in the South. As Hobby explains, many African Americans were employed in this profession in Durham, and his father usually had several "helpers" at a time. Hobby also explains how although his father was a skilled work who excelled at his profession, he often lost his money through business endeavors of ill repute.