Interview with James C. Ward, November 19, 1988

Project: Appalachia: Family and Gender in the Coal Community Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

This is a second interview with James C. Ward who grew up in Van Lear, Kentucky in the 1920s and 1930s. Mr. Ward remembers that the company store stocked the ingredients for making "homebrew." He states that the men drank so much, not because of boredom, but for the escape. "It wasn't the hard work- it was doing without a lot of things." Ward recalls the Baxters, a leading black family in Van Lear. He discusses the times that his father had to request a cash advance from the superintendent, and states that his father was never turned down. He recalls that the union pay scale in 1939 was four dollars a day for a five-day work week.

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1988oh187_app184

Interviewee Name

James C. Ward

Interviewer Name

Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-11-19

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Ward, James C. Interview by Glenna Graves. 19 Nov. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Ward, J.C. (1988, November 19). Interview by G. Graves. Appalachia: Family and Gender in the Coal Community Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Ward, James C., interview by Glenna Graves. November 19, 1988, Appalachia: Family and Gender in the Coal Community Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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