Interview with Nannie B. Spencer, March 18, 1994
Project: Appalachia: Women Of Coal Oral History Project
Interview SummarySpencer married a coal miner at age sixteen, in 1938. They had twelve children: eight sons and four daughters, whom they raised in the coal fields. She describes using a switch to punish her children. Spencer's husband was successful and always worked. Religion is an important part of her life and in the lives of her husband and her children. Spencer describes how unusual it is for a woman in the Baptist Church to be a licensed Evangelist. She preaches in her church and plays the piano. Spencer feels race relations are improving, and says that she did not have problems with racial tensions, due to religion. Spencer is putting her faith in God regarding economic improvement, rather than in Democrats and Republicans.
Interview LC SubjectAppalachian Region Appalachian Region--Economic conditions Coal mines and mining--Appalachian Region Gender issues Poverty--Appalachian Region Sexism Spencer, Nannie B. Spencer, Nannie B.--Interviews Women coal miners Women--Appalachian Region Corporal punishment Baptists, Black Women evangelists Race relations African Americans--Religion
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Spencer, Nannie B. Interview by Randall Norris. 18 Mar. 1994. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Spencer, N.B. (1994, March 18). Interview by R. Norris. Appalachia: Women Of Coal Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Spencer, Nannie B., interview by Randall Norris. March 18, 1994, Appalachia: Women Of Coal Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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