Interview with Robert C. James, October 24, 1991

Project: Family Farms of Kentucky: Hemp Production Oral History Project

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James describes his family's history with hemp. He explains his experience with the government and the narcotic stamps. He describes the process of farming hemp from acquiring seeds, to the machines used, and the process of retting in order to pull the fiber out of the stalk. He goes on to describe the ratio of line and tow that came from his hemp fiber production, as well as the process of burning the hemp hurds. He explains the racial make up of the manual laborers and the system of payment. He describes hemp production during World War II. He describes his experience with the government extension programs.

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1991oh420_ff165

Interviewee Name

Robert C. James

Interviewer Name

John Kelly

Interview Date

1991-10-24

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James, Robert C. Interview by John Kelly. 24 Oct. 1991. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

James, R.C. (1991, October 24). Interview by J. Kelly. Family Farms of Kentucky: Hemp Production Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

James, Robert C., interview by John Kelly. October 24, 1991, Family Farms of Kentucky: Hemp Production Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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