Interview with Mary Jack Hargis, May 28, 1994
Project: Appalachia: Women Of Coal Oral History Project
Interview SummaryHargis discusses her family, parents, grandparents, and siblings. The Hargis family migrated to the region in the 1800s. Hargis tells how she got her first job working in the Island Creek Mine, where she was directed to sweep a mineshaft with a broom. Pulling cable is unskilled labor, and distinguished from the work of an electrician, which requires training and a license. Hargis discusses employment layoffs. She was the only coal miner in her family. Hargis discusses the differences between working in the coal mine, as opposed to teaching. With teaching, you bring a lot of work home after a full day of work. In mining, after you work your shift, you go home and can do whatever you want. In the future, Hargis feels that the standard of living will go down in the region, and young people will have to leave unless industries come in that pay better than minimum wage. People will work in technology, computers, public service, and nursing jobs.
Interview LC SubjectAppalachian Region Appalachian Region--Economic conditions Coal mines and mining--Appalachian Region Gender issues Hargis, Mary Jack Hargis, Mary Jack--Interviews Poverty--Appalachian Region Sexism Women coal miners Women--Appalachian Region Island Creek Coal Company Clinchfield Coal Company Minimum wage
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Hargis, Mary Jack Interview by Randall Norris. 28 May. 1994. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Hargis, M.J. (1994, May 28). Interview by R. Norris. Appalachia: Women Of Coal Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Hargis, Mary Jack, interview by Randall Norris. May 28, 1994, Appalachia: Women Of Coal Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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