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00:00:04 - Personal background / education

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Partial Transcript: This is an oral history interview with Edith Jackson for the University of Kentucky Family Farm Oral History Project.

Segment Synopsis: Edith Jackson discusses her family and her early education in Trenton, Kentucky.

Keywords: Booker Cager (??); Childhood; Church attendance; Churches; Classrooms; Dating; Dorothy Sue Burke; Fathers; Grade schools; Housewife; Husbands; Inez Russell; James Jackson; Margaret Tolliver; Mary Lee Dixon; Mothers; Mrs. Buckner; Primer; Railroad workers; Schools; Siblings; Social gatherings; Susie Cager (??); Teachers; Trenton (Ky.)

Subjects: African American children; African American churches; African American families; African American parents; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Employment; Education, primary--Kentucky; Education, secondary--Kentucky; Trenton (Ky.)--Buildings, structures, etc.

GPS: Trenton (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.723333, -87.261111
00:11:24 - Marriage / working on the farm

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Partial Transcript: Let's see. You were, um--how old were you then when you got married?

Segment Synopsis: Jackson discusses her marriage to her husband and having children. She also describes how she helped work on the farm while continuing her education.

Keywords: Accidents; Civilian Conservation Corps Camp; Classes; Corn; Daughters; Education; Eleventh grade; Farming; High school diploma; Husbands; Illness; Military draft; Military service; Motherhood; Pregnancy; Pregnant; School; Sharecropping; Sons; Tennessee State University; Tractors

Subjects: African American children; African American families; African American farmers; African American mothers; African Americans--Agriculture; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Employment; African Americans--Health and hygiene; Rural African Americans

GPS: Tennessee State University (Nashville (Tenn.))
Map Coordinates: 36.166667, -86.830556
00:30:19 - Sharecropping / buying land

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Partial Transcript: How big is your farm?

Segment Synopsis: Jackson discusses her time as a sharecropper. She also describes how she and her husband came to own land through buying or inheriting it.

Keywords: Acre; Acreage; Banking; Beans; Brucellosis (Bang's disease); Buying land; Cattle; Corn; Crops; Dairy farms; Debt; Farmland; Finances; Husband; Inheritance; Land ownership; Landowners; Loans; Milk cows; Milking cows

Subjects: African American children; African American families; African American farmers; African Americans--Agriculture; Farm produce; Livestock

00:44:57 - Financing the farm

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Partial Transcript: Then, after that, we went with Farm Credit. It was called, uh, PCA at the time, course now it's, it's Farm Credit.

Segment Synopsis: Jackson describes the ways she and her husband have financed the farm. She particularly discusses how they had difficulties with banking. She also shares how they used fertilizers on the farm.

Keywords: Banking; Banks; Cattle; Cows; Crops; Dairy farming; Debt; Farming; Fertilizers; Fertilizing; Finances; Hiring work; Hopkinsville (Ky.); Milking cows; Sharecropping; Soil fertility; Trenton (Ky.)

Subjects: African American farmers; African Americans--Agriculture; African Americans--Economic conditions; Farm produce; Livestock; Rural African Americans; Soil fertility

01:00:28 - Selling cattle / employment after farming / cooking

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Partial Transcript: But, uh, no. He took his cows and left us ours. So this man that's up here now that we sold our herd to, did our milking for a couple of years.

Segment Synopsis: Jackson discusses some of the changes that happened on the farm, particularly how they sold their cows. She also describes how both she and her husband worked off the farm. She also shares some of her experience cooking and meals she prepared on the farm.

Keywords: Agriculture extension; Army; Arthritis; Bread; Butchering; Cattle; Civilian Conservation Corps Camp; Corn; Cornbread; Cows; Cutting tobacco; Dairy cows; Dinner; Employment; Extension service; Farm hands; Farming; Food; Fort Campbell (Ky.); Gardens; Green beans; Ham; Herd; Hog killing; Husbands; Interviews; Jobs; Meals; Military service; Nutrition; Pudding; Retirement; Roast; Selling cattle; Slaughter; Sons; Working

Subjects: African American cooking; African American cooks; African American families; African American farmers; African Americans--Agriculture; African Americans--Employment; African Americans--Health and hygiene; Livestock; Rural African Americans; Swine--Slaughtering

01:15:53 - Hog killing time / farm accidents / government program

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Partial Transcript: At the ho--now, back to the hog killing time.

Segment Synopsis: Jackson discusses how they used to slaughter hogs on the farm. She also shares her experience cooking on the farm, particularly she discusses her knack for baking. She describes accidents her husband has had on the farm. She also describes some of the government programs that have been available to farmers.

Keywords: Baking; Butchering; Cakes; Cooking; Corn; Corn efficiency program; Corn pickers; Crops; Disabilities; Farm accidents; Food; Government programs; Hands; Hogs; Husbands; Medical care; Recipes; Reconstructive surgery; Slaughtering; Soil conservation program; Surgeries; Tractors

Subjects: African American cooking; African American cooks; African American farmers; African Americans with disabilities; African Americans--Agriculture; African Americans--Economic conditions; African Americans--Health and hygiene; Rural African Americans; Swine--Slaughter

01:29:39 - Differences between white and Black farmers / young Black farmers

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Partial Transcript: Do you see Minority farmers as any different than, than White farmers?

Segment Synopsis: Jackson discusses the differences that may exist between Black and white farmers. She also describes young Black farmers in the area. She shares the plans for the farm once she and her husband have passed away.

Keywords: Acreage; Agriculture; Black farmers; Children; Crops; Employment; Farmers; Farming; Farming community; Farming program; Farmland; Inheritance; Lifestyles; Sons; White farmers; Will and testament; Young Black people

Subjects: African American families; African American farmers; African American youth; African Americans--Agriculture; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Employment; Race relations--Kentucky; Rural African Americans