Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Dan Bell, March 28, 1992

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

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Partial Transcript: This is Dan Bell being interview by Zack Lewton for the Kentucky Family Farms Oral History Project on March 28th, 1992.

Segment Synopsis: Bell discusses his personal and family background.

Keywords: Claire Bell; Clark County (Ky.); Factory; Family; Farming; Government programs; Sharecroppers; Wages; Will Bell

Subjects: African American farmers; African Americans--Social life and customs; Agriculture

00:09:31 - Farming programs

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Partial Transcript: What do you, what do you think about that sorta--I know they were saying "get big or get out" for a long time, telling farmers that.

Segment Synopsis: Bell describes the pros and cons in farming programs.

Keywords: Farming; Farming programs; Fayette County (Ky.); Franklin County (Ky.); Inheritance; Market; Marriage; Tobacco auctioning; Tobacco crops

Subjects: African American farmers; African Americans--Social life and customs; Agriculture

00:20:00 - Sharecropping

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Partial Transcript: Her dad use to own this farm. Right here. He passed away, then I bought it.

Segment Synopsis: Bell discusses his acquisition of land from his in-laws, and loss due to natural disasters

Keywords: Churches; Farming; Georgetown High School; Health; Insurance; Natural disasters; Sharecroppers; Woodlake (Franklin County, Ky.)

Subjects: African American farmers; African Americans--Economic conditions; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Social life and customs; Agriculture

00:28:57 - Family

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Partial Transcript: Was the Depression hard on people here back in the thirties?

Segment Synopsis: Bell focuses on family activities, and more on his sharecropping.

Keywords: Churches; Equipment; Family; Hay; Health; Pesticides; Segregation; Tobacco setters; Tractors; Wars

Subjects: African American farmers; African Americans--Social life and customs; Agriculture; Great Depression

00:39:40 - Land

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Partial Transcript: Do you think older people just stick with it because that's what they grew up doing?

Segment Synopsis: Bell explains the importance of keeping the land and not selling it off.

Keywords: Baptist churches; Community; Factories; Farming; Georgetown (Ky.); Health; Land ownership

Subjects: African American farmers; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Agriculture

GPS: Georgetown (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.209722, -84.56