Interview with Sudie Crusenberry, September 16, 1986

Project: Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project

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Sudie Crusenberry talks about her father's work as a miner and his suffering from black lung. She talks about growing up in the Brookside mining camp. She talks about taking care of her father through his health issues while also participating in the Brookside strike. Crusenberry talks about being asked by a group of women to join the Brookside mine strike. She talks about the creation of the Brookside Women's Club. She talks about the Club's meetings, planning, and fundraising for the striking miners. Crusenberry talks about protesting at the picket line by laying down in the road to block cars from getting to the mines. She talks about being shot at by the opposition. She talks about the importance of the film being shot at this time which later became "Harlan County U.S.A." She talks about people in the picketing group being served subpoenas and being arrested. Crusenberry talks about the threats made by the KKK toward the people fighting for the union. She talks about confrontations with the state police.

Interview Accession

1987oh022_ws031

Interviewee Name

Sudie Crusenberry

Interviewer Name

Sally Ward Maggard

Interview Date

1986-09-16

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Crusenberry, Sudie Interview by Sally Ward Maggard. 16 Sep. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Crusenberry, S. (1986, September 16). Interview by S. W. Maggard. Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Crusenberry, Sudie, interview by Sally Ward Maggard. September 16, 1986, Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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