Interview with Norman Yarborough, October 31, 1986

Project: Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project

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Yarborough reviews his career in the coal industry, including a few breaks and many roles including Eastover Mining president. He discuses his differences with his superiors in the coal industry. Yarborough discusses how Duke Power Company underestimated the importance of United Mine Workers of America in Harlan County. He also talks about the internal politics pushing the democratization of the UMWA at the time. He discusses the progression of the strike after UMWA moved its focus to Highsplint, Kentucky. He specifically talks about some of the litigation that went on between Eastover Mining Company and United Mine Workers of America. Yarborough talks about the union community's celebration after the strike and the animosity towards management. He also discusses his choices to stay in Harlan County and become involved in new ways with the community, especially the development of a newspaper and housing. He talks about his decision to retire when he learned that Eastover Mining Company would be closing. Yarborough discusses his views on the future of industries including coal and oil.

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1987oh040_ws048

Interviewee Name

Norman Yarborough

Interviewer Name

Sally Ward Maggard

Interview Date

1986-10-31

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Yarborough, Norman Interview by Sally Ward Maggard. 31 Oct. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Yarborough, N. (1986, October 31). Interview by S. W. Maggard. Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Yarborough, Norman, interview by Sally Ward Maggard. October 31, 1986, Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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