Interview with Louise Bartley Pitts, June 14, 1987

Project: Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Louise Pitts, a participant in the Pikeville Methodist Hospital strike, begins the interview by describing her work as a cashier in the hospital. Pitts then shares her overall experience with the strike. Subsequently, Pitts describes her work after the strike. The interviewee's role in the strike, from the first night to the initial stages of the strike is described. Pitts' travels for the cause of the strike are also mentioned. Attempts to get local support for the strike are then examined. Pitts outlines her favorite parts of the strike, and discusses the changes to her salary after the strike. Pitts also shares her memories of the strike, and some of her family's reactions to her involvement in the strike. Pitts explains how she ran her household during the strike. The hiring process at Pikeville Methodist is then considered. Pitts details the lives of her family members and stresses the value of job security. The interviewee compares her work history before and after the strike. Pitts illustrates the lessons that she has learned from the strike, and talks of her background and family. Pitts lists her favorite place to live and talks of how she thought her future would be prior to the strike. Pitts reflects upon the strike, and upon a friend she made through the strike. Pitts concludes the interview with thoughts on bowling, and the most interesting tactics used on the picket line.

Interview Accession

1987oh142_ws053

Interviewee Name

Louise Bartley Pitts

Interviewer Name

Sally Ward Maggard

Interview Date

1987-06-14

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Pitts, Louise Bartley Interview by Sally Ward Maggard. 14 Jun. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Pitts, L.B. (1987, June 14). Interview by S. W. Maggard. Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Pitts, Louise Bartley, interview by Sally Ward Maggard. June 14, 1987, Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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