Interview with Frank D. Clifton, November 5, 1988

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

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Frank Clifton, a native of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, was born in 1916. He was eleven years old when his family moved to Van Lear so that his father could work in the mines. He remembers how his mother used to play the banjo, but states that his father made her give it up. Mr. Clifton talks about his father drinking "right smart" but says that his father never neglected his family. Clifton also mentions the topic of politics in his home as a child and as an adult. He describes the need for a large family on a farm. Clifton also describes working in the mines and remembers a mine explosion in 1935 which killed several men. He recalls what happened to the families of the deceased miners. He also talks about diversity in Van Lear. Clifton remembers Mrs. Henry Singleton, a black woman, who taught the African American children in her home. He states that there were no serious prejudices against immigrant groups like the Italians and Hungarians.

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1988oh181_app178

Interviewee Name

Frank D. Clifton

Interviewer Name

Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-11-05

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Clifton, Frank D. Interview by Glenna Graves. 05 Nov. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Clifton, F.D. (1988, November 05). 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.

Clifton, Frank D., interview by Glenna Graves. November 05, 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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