Interview with Billy Cooper


  • Identifier2005 OH 026
  • Date1/12/2005
  • InterviewerDenton, Beckie
  • IntervieweeCooper, Billy
  • DescriptionBilly Cooper discusses his experiences while growing up in Estill County on a mountain farm. Interview topics include extended conversations about mountain life, including home remedies, farming, raising hogs, gardening, canning, logging, preserving meat, and the social importance of fairs and festivals. The remainder of the interview addresses the major economic and social changes that altered the way of life that he knew growing up, including changes in tobacco allotments, a general decline in farming and raising livestock, and high rates of unemployment for the landless.
  • LocationEstill County, KY
  • Duration1:10
  • Restrictionsno
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.
  • Funding SourceThe Community Change in the Kentucky Foothills of Appalachia Project was funded by the Kentucky Oral History Commission.


“Interview with Billy Cooper,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed July 24, 2024,