Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Samuel M. Cassidy, December 13, 1988

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Family history

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Partial Transcript: Mr. Cassidy, tell me your whole name.

Segment Synopsis: Cassidy talks about his family's history. He talks about his wife's family and his own children.

Keywords: Brothers; Children; Drinking; Family; Farmers; Fathers; Marriage; Mothers; Siblings; Sisters; Wife

Subjects: Families.; Parents.

00:08:52 - Working in the mines and going to college / mountain people

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Partial Transcript: After leaving college, um, tell me about making your own way, living by yourself and making your own way.

Segment Synopsis: Cassidy talks about going to college in mining engineering and working in the mines. He talks about some of the ways that mountain people interact with each other.

Keywords: College; Consolidation Coal Company; Engineering; Mountain people

Subjects: Appalachians (People); Coal mines and mining--Kentucky; Education, Higher--Kentucky

00:17:05 - African Americans in the coal mine community

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Partial Transcript: Um, were--I don't know too much about Jenkins, I know about--some things about Van Lear, but was there a black population in Jenkins?

Segment Synopsis: Cassidy talks about the African American population in Jenkins and how they were treated. He discusses his own prejudiced feelings towards African Americans and how he's changed over the years.

Keywords: African Americans; Coal companies; Jenkins (Ky.); Prejudice; Segregation

Subjects: African American coal miners; Coal mines and mining--Kentucky; Race Relations--Kentucky

00:28:03 - Being promoted in the coal company / career in coal mines

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Partial Transcript: Back to your story in a minute but you wanted to tell me something right now.

Segment Synopsis: Cassidy talks about David Zegeer, who was working on a historic film about Jenkins at the time of the interview. He talks about people moving up in Consolidation Coal Company and about how there wasn't any prejudice against working class people. He talks about the different places where he and his wife lived.

Keywords: Filming; Jenkins (Ky.); Moving; Promotions; Social classes; Transportation; Wife; Working class

Subjects: Appalachians (People)--Kentucky--Social conditions; Coal mines and mining--Kentucky

00:35:49 - Coal and energy in Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: But tell me about--

Segment Synopsis: Cassidy talks about the development of the coal industry through developing railroads. He talks about living in coal camps. He discusses possibilities for energy through means other than coal.

Keywords: Coal camps; Drinking; Eastern Kentucky; Families; Houses; Power plants; Railroads; Water

Subjects: Coal mines and mining; Energy industries

00:48:37 - Mining unions / women in the coal camps / church and religion

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Partial Transcript: Um, let me ask you this, this gets off the subject of, of, uh, energy a little bit, but when--I, I've talked with some people in management and they say that right at first they were supportive of the United Mine Workers, or sympathetic to them, to some of the claims and, and, uh, efforts of the mine workers, what do you think?

Segment Synopsis: Cassidy talks about the relationship between the unions and the coal companies. He talks about the role of women in coal companies. He talks about his family's participation in churches.

Keywords: Churches; Mother-in-law; Presbyterian churches; Presbyterians; United Mine Workers; Wives; Women; Working

Subjects: Coal miners--Labor unions--Kentucky; Coal mines and mining--Kentucky; Religion