Interview with Betty Costagnaro, Guido Costagnaro, Joseph M. Costagnaro, July 18, 1986

Project: Appalachia: Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

The Costagnaros talk about their experiences as immigrants in eastern Kentucky. Born in Italy, Guido and Joseph describe their first impressions of Kentucky and about working in the coal mines near Hazard, Kentucky. Of interest is their conclusion that most immigrants came to Kentucky because they had relatives in the area. Also of importance is their discussion of World War Two experiences. Other topics include unionization, discrimination, recreation, coal bosses, and immigrant housing conditions. According to the Costagnaros, immigrants usually were put to work under a boss with the same nationality because most immigrants did not speak English. The safety booklets were also printed in different languages for the immigrants.

Interview Accession

1986oh259_app070

Interviewee Name

Betty Costagnaro

Guido Costagnaro

Joseph M. Costagnaro

Interviewer Name

Doug Cantrell

Interview Date

1986-07-18

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Costagnaro, Betty Interview by Doug Cantrell. 18 Jul. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Costagnaro, B. (1986, July 18). Interview by D. Cantrell. Appalachia: Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Costagnaro, Betty, interview by Doug Cantrell. July 18, 1986, Appalachia: Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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