Interview with Pearl W. Davis, August 21, 1986

Project: Appalachia: Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Pearl Davis discusses a few of the changes that have occurred in the mining industry since the 1930s, and about several immigrant miners he knew and worked with. He also discusses in detail the process of making moonshine whiskey and evading federal revenue agents. Davis also talks about Zeb Nugent, a legendary figure in that part of eastern Kentucky. Nugent was known as an expert marksman with a pistol, and he always had plenty of money but no one knew what he did for a living. People speculated that he was either an outlaw or a bounty hunter.

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1986oh277_app085

Interviewee Name

Pearl W. Davis

Interviewer Name

Doug Cantrell

Interview Date

1986-08-21

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Davis, Pearl W. Interview by Doug Cantrell. 21 Aug. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Davis, P.W. (1986, August 21). Interview by D. Cantrell. Appalachia: Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Davis, Pearl W., interview by Doug Cantrell. August 21, 1986, Appalachia: Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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