Interview with Russell Rucker, November 19, 1988

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

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Russell Rucker grew up in Hitchens, Kentucky in Carter County where his parents owned a small farm and orchard. His father worked in the brickyard plant, and his family moved to Van Lear around 1930. He describes moving to Van Lear with what they could fit in the back of their car. Rucker recalls attending school and the clothing that he and his siblings had. Russell went to work in the mines during what would have been his senior year in high school. He describes the social dynamics of race in the coal camp and in the mine. He remembers two African American men who would take the hardest jobs in the mines because they paid more money. He states that black men and white men were always joking comfortably in the mine or in the bathhouse, but "when we were out in the community they took their place and I took my place." Rucker also explains that he served in the Army Air Corps.

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1988oh190_app187

Interviewee Name

Russell Rucker

Interviewer Name

Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-11-19

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Rucker, Russell Interview by Glenna Graves. 19 Nov. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Rucker, R. (1988, November 19). 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.

Rucker, Russell, interview by Glenna Graves. November 19, 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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