Interview with Mae Frazier, December 12, 1988

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

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Interview Summary

This is a second interview with Mae Frazier who was born in 1912 in Letcher County, Kentucky near what is now Hotspot. She states that people left their farms to move to the coal camps for the money. She remembers that the people in the camps did not eat as well as farm people, but that they enjoyed better opportunities for education and medical care. Fraiser explains how work was segregated by gender when she was a young woman. She talks about church and states that the most common religion was Baptist.

Frazier also talks about pregnancy, child birth, and the menstrual cycle. She remembers that when a wife was sick the husband would find a "hired girl" to do the housework. She talks about herbal medicines and taking whiskey for severe cramps. Mrs. Frazier started teaching when she was only sixteen and describes this experience. She later went to nursing school.

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1988oh257_app204

Interviewee Name

Mae Frazier

Interviewer Name

Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-12-12

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Frazier, Mae Interview by Glenna Graves. 12 Dec. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Frazier, M. (1988, December 12). 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.

Frazier, Mae, interview by Glenna Graves. December 12, 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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