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Great Depression

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Students of William Ellis interviewed their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents about the Great Depression. Interviewees, mainly from central and eastern Kentucky and from various socioeconomic backgrounds, discuss their personal and family histories, their education, jobs, and the Flood of 1937. There is significant information on the economic consequences and social history of the Depression.

Items in the Great Depression Project

Professor at EKU

Retired School Superintendent

Teacher/ Farmer

Antique Store Owner/ 4-H Leader

Retired Black Domestic

Teacher/ Author

Turner discusses living on a farm and daily life during the Depression.

Williams recalls working and selling food for clothing during the Depression.

Robertson tells of fmaily's survival off of inherited investments and life insurance during the Depression.

Griffith recalls living on a farm during the Depression.

Garland tells of changes in his own life as well as in the lives of neighbors during the Depression.

Fife recalls vivid memories of food lines and suicides during the Depression, though his family was not affected much.

Jackson speaks of growing food for school lunches and distributing clothes to needy people.

Recalls feelings about President Roosevelt, government programs, and speaks of becoming self-sufficient by growing own food.

Discusses government relief programs, opinions of President Roosevelt, and the impact of the New Deal Program.

Hall speaks of family life and changes during the Depression.

Hobbs describes daily life and changes during the Depression.

Hamilton recalls leaving home in search of work during the Depression.

Reed states that the Depression did not change much in her family because they lived on a farm.

Bain recalls hunting for game meat and the scarceness of food during the Depression.

Howard recalls the Depression, his impressions of President Roosevelt, and the impact government relief programs.

Williams discusses hardships during the Depression and living on the farm.

Conway recalls most vivid memories of the Depression.

Fullers discuss living and working conditions during the Depression.

Porter discusses memories of the Depression and commends President Roosevelt on his work to rebuild the nation.

Sisters discuss the Depression years and commend President Roosevelt, claiming that he was an "idol".

Fugates speak of vivid memories of the Depression and moving across the country to find work.

Montgomery shares most vivid memories of the Depression and describes them as "hard work".

Retired teacher discusses the struggles of the Depression and how they brought her family closer together.

Miller discusses family being forced to leave home and the struggle to recover.

Robinson tells of having little money but ample food and fruit during the Depression.

Lackey remembers Madison County as she grew up in the 1920's and 1930's.

Husband and wife discuss the Depression and how it effected their lives.

Porter discusses feelings about Roosevelt, also discusses entertainment at church and in the home.

Henson and his wife (Clara Leginsons Henson) tell of the Depression years and how they and their children were impacted.

Sutton discusses the Depression years and how they impacted her life.

Lackey discusses the Depression and how it impacted daily life.

Carr recalls the death of her husband and how it was necessary for her to find work outside of the home to provide for four children.

Bottom discusses social interactions in church during the Depression and speaks highly of President Roosevelt.

Homemaker discusses the impact the Depression had on her family's daily lives.

Chapman discusses the Depression years, stock market crash, and the loss of his father's job.

Farmer discusses life during the Depression and how it effected his family.

Robinson dicusses lack of conveniences during the Depression and speaks of her admiration of President Roosevelt.

Retired teacher tells of the Depression, and states that it did not effect his family much since his father was a surgeon, though he does remember families in the area helping each other out.

Retired dentist questions the sincerity of President Roosevelt and states that the Depression did not impact Madison County as severely as industrial cities.

Retired schoolteacher discusses work and education during the Depression years.

Teacher speaks of education and lack of supplies in the 1930's.

Bernie and Martha Hedges discuss the Depression and how it changed their lives.

Former nurse and teacher feels that the Depression brought people closer together and that another Depression will occur in the future.

Smith speaks of being content with little during the Depression.

Ernst speaks of being content with little during the Depression.

Retired Teacher discusses daily life during the Depression.

Squires and wife discuss their opinions of the Depression and how it impacted their lives.

Estes tells of what she and her family had to do in order to make it during the Depression.

Retired nurse and Nurse Anesthesiologist speak of daily life during the Depression.

Retired teacher states that the Depression did not impact her much because she lived on a farm.

Cox discusses the Depression and how it impacted her life.

Detjen discusses dialy life during the Depression.

Retired governement worker discusses prices of goods during the Depression.

Kavanaugh describes the Depression as a "hard time."

McDonald discusses the Depression and how it impacted her life.

Retired highway patrolman and carpet business owner discusses the Depression and President Roosevelt.

Assistant Professor of Special Education at EKU discusses entertainment and events during the Great Depresssion.

Retired Teacher discusses life on a farm and life in general during the Depression.

Hill discusses family life during the Depression.

Mason discusses the Depression and how it impacted her life.

Wilson discusses government and education during the Depression.

York discusses work, President Roosevelt, and daily life during the Depression.

Cheeks discusses livelihood during the Depression.

Weaver shares stories of husband and children trying to hold on to their farm during the Depression to no avail.

Zimmerman discusses daily life during the Depression.

Zimmerman tells of education, occupations, and memories of the Depression.

Baxter discusses the Depression years spent with her family living on a farm near Corbin, Kentucky.

Carter discusses the Depression years and how she and her family worked together to live during the Depression.

Dowell speaks of the Depression and the impact it had on her family.

Gray tells of what her life was like during the Depression.

Gray tells of what life was like living during the Depression days.

Retired bank employee discussed the Depression and how it impacted the community.

Retired teacher discusses the Depression and how it impacted her life.

Homemaker talks about her life during the Depression years.

Logue talks about the Depression and how it impacted her family and the surrounding community.

Retired Merchant discusses what it was like living during the Depression years.

Sims discusses the Depression and the impact it had on her family.

Housewife tells of what life was like in a Coal Field during the Depression years.

Williams discusses what life was like during the Depression years.

Wilson shares her views of the Depression and how it impacted her life.

Former Principal describes teaching school during the Depression.

Brockman and wife describe how the Depression impacted their family of seven children.

Housewife speaks of living in a Coal Camp where her husband worked during the Depression.

Housewife describes the Depression, having little money, and feeling very happy.

Retired teachers share vivid memories of the Depression.

Retired farmer discusses the Depression and how it impacted his life.

Nelson and wife discuss what it was like living during the Depression.

Tax Practitioner discusses the Depression and how it impacted his life.

Retired construction worker talks about the Depression and how his family survived.

Turnbull discusses the Depression and how it impacted her life.

York discusses the Depression and how it impacted her life.

Retired coal miner discusses the Depression and its impact on his family.

Clay recalls vivid memories of the Depression.

Griffith describes growing up during the Depression and what life was like during that time.

Henderson recalls he rmemories of the Depression.

Williams tells of her life experiences during the Depression.

Housewife remembers her life experiences during the Depression.

Smith tells of his experiences during the Depression years.

Housewife describes what life was like during the Depression.

Brammer discusses the Depression and how it impacted her life.

Bresnahon discusses what it was like living during the Depression.

Bryant and wife discuss the Depression and how it impacted their lives.

Sexton and Caddell speak of the Depression and how it impacted their lives.

Retired teacher tells of the Depression and how it impacted her life.

Fister discusses the Depression and how it impacted his life.

Frazier and wife discuss what it was like living during the Depression.

Griffin speaks of several aspects of the Depression.

Jennings tells of everyday life during the Depression.

Marcum discusses the Depression and how it impacts his life.

Martin discusses life during the Depression.

Moors and wife discuss the Depression and how it impacted their lives.

Mosley speaks of living on the farm during the Depression.

Powell discusses the Depression and the impression it left on her life.

Rigney discusses the Depression and the impact it had on her life.

Smallwood and wife discuss life during the Depression and how they were impacted.

Smith recalls the Depression and how his life was impacted.

Smith shares what her life was like living in Detroit during the Depression.

Starns discusses what he learned during the Depression.

Thomason gives his informal impressions of the Depression.

Sisters discuss the Depression and the impact it had on their lives.

Wheatley discusses life during the Depression and how it impacted her life.

Retired Postmistress speaks of living through the Depression and how it impacted her life.

Retired teacher and coal miner discusses the most important lessons he learned from the Depression.

Crow recalls fondest memories of experiences during the Depression.

Fowler recalls vivid memories of experiences during the Great Depression.

Retired teacher discusses life during the Depression and how it impacted him.

Retired teacher explains how the Depression impacted her in the past and present.

Housewife and former store employee shares hwo the Depression impacted her life.

Group discusses life during the Depression.

Group discusses life during the Depression.

Retired farmer discusses what living in the Depression was like.

Housewife discusses what it was like living during the Depression.

Retired AT&T Employee speaks of life and society during the Depression.

Homemaker discusses what it was like living during the Depression.

Retired Teacher tells of daily life during the Depression.

Retired Teacher tells of opinions of the Depression.

Perdue gives recollections of the Depression.

Smith, who refused to be interviewed, tells of her life during the Depression in story form.

Retired Housewife discusses the Depression and the impact it had on her life.

Retired Teacher tells of life during the Depression.

Hall and wife tell of life during the Depression.

Retired Teacher tells of Berea College and daily life during the Depression

Updyke discusses the Depression and how it impacted his life.

Professor of Education at Union College

Retired Homemaker

Retired Farmer and General Electric Worker

Retired Teacher

Retired Teacher and Principal

Retired Teacher

Retired Store Owner

Retired Teacher, Farmer, and Homemaker

Retired Coal Truck Driver

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