Interview with Ora Mae Warrens, July 8, 1987

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:10 - Family background

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Partial Transcript: I want to ask you, uh, some questions just right off the bat.

Segment Synopsis: Ora Mae Warrens talks about her family in Johnson County, Kentucky.

Keywords: Children; Grandmothers; Meade family; Memories; Midwives; Oil Springs (Ky.); Oral Springs (Ky.); Rebecca Blanton; Virginia

Subjects: Childhood; Education; Educators; Families; Farming; Johnson County (Ky.); Midwifery; Siblings

00:07:31 - Politics and women voting / fighting in Floyd County

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember, uh, growing up whether there was any talk in the house about politics at all?

Segment Synopsis: Warrens talks about her life around 1920, which was the year she got married and moved away.

Keywords: Fighting; Meaning of voting; Polls; Republicans; Voting booths; Women voters

Subjects: Elections; Floyd County (Ky.); Johnson County (Ky.); Political violence.; Politics, Practical.

00:14:24 - Women voting then and now

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Partial Transcript: Do you, uh, uh, remember any political figures of any kind that you admired--of any, uh--that you admired.

Segment Synopsis: Warrens gives her thoughts on women voting, in the past and her present day. She also mentions activities on Election Day.

Keywords: No socializing at the polls; No woman president; Women voters

Subjects: Women and politics; Women politicians; Women's rights.; Women--Suffrage

00:21:00 - Changes for women / teaching

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Partial Transcript: Do you think that, that, uh, it's better for women economically?

Segment Synopsis: Warrens talks about her years working in a store, and even more years teaching in schools.

Keywords: Kentucky women's rights advocates; Memory loss; School teachers; Working

Subjects: Education; Johnson County (Ky.); Morehead State College (Ky.); Suffragists; Women's rights

00:28:54 - The Great Depression / children and grandchildren

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Partial Transcript: We lived in Huntington during The Depression.

Segment Synopsis: Warrens talks about life during The Depression years, as she remembered it. She also talks about her children, the loss of her son, and her grandchildren.

Keywords: Finding work; Loss of employment; Moving back home

Subjects: Depressions--1929--Kentucky; Employment; Families.; Teaching

00:34:49 - Women today

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Partial Transcript: Well we were talking earlier about, uh, women, and you've certainly been through a lot as a woman.

Segment Synopsis: Warrens talks about her granddaughters, and speculates about the lives of women today. She also talks about her years as a girl and teen.

Keywords: Granddaughters; Joys of the past; Poor children

Subjects: Happiness; Nursing

00:41:38 - Parental restrictions

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Partial Transcript: And, uh, dancing.

Segment Synopsis: Warrens talks about the restrictions her parents placed upon her when she was a teenager.

Keywords: Activities; Dances were off limits; Parties; Social life; Socials; Young people

Subjects: Dancing; Discipline of children; Parenting

00:45:20 - Methods of political campaigning

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Partial Transcript: Now we'll, we'll finish up our conversation here with, with some reminiscences again about, about, uh, maybe about some of the campaigning since your father was involved.

Segment Synopsis: Warrens talks about the ways political candidates got their messages out to the people. Her father would go to speeches and her mother would stay home with the children.

Keywords: Newspapers; No drinking; Posters; Republicans; Speeches

Subjects: Political campaigns.; Politicians--Kentucky; Politics, Practical.; Women and politics