Interview with Samuel M. Cassidy, December 13, 1988

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

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S.M. Cassidy was born in 1902 in Lexington, Kentucky. He studied mining engineering in college and worked summers in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky. He describes his first experiences in the coal mine, and states that he knew that he wanted to go into mining operations. He talks about some of the cultural differences between mountain people and himself. He explains that a boss would have to request that a miner do something and not order the miner around. He recalls that a man would just walk off the job if he felt offended. Cassidy worked as superintendent of Carbon Glow Coal Company in Carbon Glow, Kentucky and for Greenough Coal and Coke Company in Hellier, Kentucky among other management positions in mines in Illinois and Pennsylvania. Mr. Cassidy talks about the changing demographics of the mining population. He states that in the early years most of the miners were immigrants and African Americans. By 1936, in his opinion, native whites were the majority of the miners. He provides an overview of the development of mining in eastern Kentucky, and also talks about the rough life of miners at Carbon Glow.

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1988oh258_app205

Interviewee Name

Samuel M. Cassidy

Interviewer Name

Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-12-13

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Cassidy, Samuel M. Interview by Glenna Graves. 13 Dec. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cassidy, S.M. (1988, December 13). 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.

Cassidy, Samuel M., interview by Glenna Graves. December 13, 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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