Interview with Dr. Quentin Keen


  • Identifier: 1980oh044
  • Date: 9/17/1979
  • Interviewer: Hughes, Karol K.
  • Interviewee: Keen, Quentin, Dr.
  • Description: College Professor
  • Location: Richmond, KY
  • Duration: 1:12:05
  • Time Summary: 115 --- Education --- --- Would you tell me a little bit about your family. --- --- Keen talks about which schools he attended. His high school was segregated by gender. --- --- Berea College;Bowling, Maude;Breathitt County;Buckhorn, Kentucky;Duke University;Eastern Kentucky University;Witherspoon High School --- Orphan asylums;Segregation in education--United States --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- --- ::: 842 --- Chores --- --- What kind of chores and work responsibilities did you have? --- --- Keen says he was responsible for making sure there was firewood for in the morning and for plowing fields. --- --- --- Agriculture--Kentucky --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- --- ::: 1253 --- Neighbors --- --- Do you remember the first time people in Buckhorn were exposed to a radio? --- --- Keen recalls listening to the radio with neighbors for the first time. He also talks about fishing with a trotline with neighbors. --- --- Breathitt County;Buckhorn, Kentucky;Trotline --- Fishing--Kentucky River (Ky.);Radio --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- --- ::: 1722 --- Preparing food --- --- Did you participate in preparing foods? --- --- Keen talks about butchering pigs and eating various plants. --- --- Breathitt County;Buckhorn, Kentucky;Paw paw tree --- Food--preparation --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- --- ::: 2258 --- Great Depression --- --- You were growing up during the Depression, do you recall the effects on your family and on the community? --- --- Keen says that Buckhorn was less effected than other areas because it was rural and most people grew their own food. --- --- Breathitt County;Buckhorn, Kentucky --- Depressions--1929--Kentucky --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- --- ::: 2594 --- Politics --- --- What about local politics around Buckhorn? --- --- Keen talks about men in the community who were involved in election fraud. --- --- Breathitt County;Buckhorn, Kentucky;Election fraud;Vote buying --- --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- --- ::: 2814 --- World War II --- --- You've mentioned before that you were involved in the army in World War II. --- --- Keen talks about his service during World War II and the effect the war had on Buckhorn. --- --- Breathitt County;Buckhorn, Kentucky;WWII --- World War, 1929--Kentucky --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- --- ::: 3074 --- Country life --- --- Do you see any advantages in growing up in the country? --- --- Keen says that he sees only advantages to living in the country. --- --- Breathitt County;Buckhorn, Kentucky --- --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- --- ::: 3535 --- Witherspoon High School --- --- You mentioned that you taught in Buckhorn at Witherspoon High School, are there any stories or experiences you have about teaching there? --- --- Keen tells stories about teaching at Witherspoon High School. One story involves a mishap at a school musical. --- --- Breathitt County;Buckhorn, Kentucky --- --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- --- ::: 3882 --- Parents --- --- You refer to your parents several times, is there anything you'd care to tell us about your parents? --- --- Keen remembers his parents and tells stories about them. --- --- Breathitt County;Buckhorn, Kentucky --- --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- ---
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  • Indexer: Allen-Daniels, Crystal
  • Funding Source: Indexing funded by the Kentucky Oral History Commission


Citation

“Interview with Dr. Quentin Keen,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed July 11, 2020, https://oralhistory.eku.edu/items/show/4848.