Interview SummaryVirginia Case Shelby was born in Jessamine County, Kentucky in 1919 and spent her childhood on her grandparents' farm in Woodford County. She talks about her family background and ancestors, and talks about discipline and household dynamics while growing up. She discusses changes in society since her childhood, including the role of the minister in the community, the quality of education children receive, and children's attitudes toward their elders.
Shelby talks about the various jobs she has held over the years, including work on assembly lines and in private homes doing domestic work. She talks about working for the Madden family, who owned Madden Farm in Lexington, for 32 years. She talks about the treatment she received in each job, and discusses racial discrimination in the workplace.
Shelby discusses whether the Black community is better off since the civil rights movement, and discusses whether Black women were helped by the women's liberation movement.
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