Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Clara Shelton, April 5, 1990

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:26 - Grandparents' Background/ Home Life

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Partial Transcript: For the tape, if you could repeat their names? For your mother's parents?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Shelton talks about what she knows of her grandparents' background. She describes some memories of housekeeping.

Keywords: Spring Water

Subjects: Farming; Grandparents; Marriage; Myocardial infarction; Stoves, Wood

00:10:23 - Family Values

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Partial Transcript: For your house, when you were growing up did your family celebrate any holidays?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Shelton talks about celebrating holidays with her family and her parents' views on certain issues.

Keywords: Chores

Subjects: Christmas; Cooking; Family; Holidays; Illegitimate children; Politics

00:16:48 - Education

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Partial Transcript: Could you describe mealtime at your house?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Shelton talks about family mealtimes, church, and education.

Keywords: Mealtime; School Games

Subjects: Church; Cooking; Dances; Education; Religion; School discipline

00:23:31 - Birth and Death

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Partial Transcript: I know that you said you daddy worked on the highway and on Lake Cumberland.

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Shelton discusses witnessing childbirth and caring for children in her family. She talks about the death of some of her siblings.

Subjects: Child Care; Childbirth; Death

00:28:40 - Discipline and Family Roles

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Partial Transcript: Back to your family, how was discipline handled in your family?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Shelton talks about discipline and gender roles within her family.

Keywords: Victrola

Subjects: Discipline of children; Education; Schools; Sex Role

00:34:23 - Marriage and Childbirth

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Partial Transcript: Were some people in the area where you grew up treated differently than others?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Shelton talks about her personal experience with sex education, courtship, marriage, and childbirth.

Keywords: Facts of Life; Home Birth; Justice of the Peace

Subjects: Childbirth; Courtship; Discrimination; Marriage; Sex Education

00:41:23 - Moving to Cincinnati/ Divorce

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Partial Transcript: You moved into Cincinnati around 1957. Can you describe your move here?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Shelton describes first moving to Cincinnati and separating from her husband.

Subjects: Cincinnati (Ohio); Divorce; Public Welfare; Schools; Separation

00:45:50 - Civil Rights in Cincinnati

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Partial Transcript: So you have been in this neighborhood for a long time. I am sure you've seen an enormous amount of change.

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Shelton talks about the Civil Rights movement in Cincinnati and how it effected the residents.

Subjects: Civil Rights; Police; Race Riots

00:48:46 - Life in Cincinnati

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Partial Transcript: So when you first moved here, what kind of place did you rent to live in?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Shelton talks about her housing in Cincinnati and making friends. She talks about wanting to have a baby girl.

Keywords: Making Friends; Raising Children

Subjects: Apartments

00:54:16 - Community Service

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Partial Transcript: When you were growing up, would you have ever called yourself Appalachian?

Segment Synopsis: In Cincinnati, Ms. Shelton is able to serve the community in several organizations.

Keywords: Country People; Gospel Mission

Subjects: City Life; Community organizations--United States; Family; Religion

00:59:51 - Discrimination

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Partial Transcript: Do you feel like you ever experience discrimination here?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Shelton talks about the discrimination her children face in school because of their background.

Subjects: Discrimination; Family; Prejudice

01:04:38 - Retrospective

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Partial Transcript: Well, obviously for your children coming up in the city is different than how you were raised in the country, but also the time period was so different.

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Shelton talks about her daughter's life plans. She thinks back on her favorite part of her life and what she might do differently.

Keywords: Community Service; Identity Center