Interview with Betty Eldridge, July 23, 1986

Project: Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Betty Eldridge discusses her participation in the Brookside Mine Strike. She describes some of the incidents she experienced, including picketing at a Duke Power shareholders meeting; being arrested and giving fake names to the police; being held in contempt of court; laying down in front of cars to prevent scabs from going to the mines and being dragged away by the state police; and serving her time in jail after the union contract had already been signed. She talks about the dangers, including examples of shooting, harassing phone calls, and a story about throwing pepper into Basil Collins' face. She discusses local attitudes toward the strike and women's participation in the pickets. She discusses the effects of the strike on jobs, families, and the community. She describes the logistics of managing her household during the strike.

Interview Accession

1987oh030_ws038

Interviewee Name

Betty Eldridge

Interviewer Name

Sally Ward Maggard

Interview Date

1986-07-23

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Eldridge, Betty Interview by Sally Ward Maggard. 23 Jul. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Eldridge, B. (1986, July 23). Interview by S. W. Maggard. Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Eldridge, Betty, interview by Sally Ward Maggard. July 23, 1986, Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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