Oral history interview with Martha Cooley, April 25, 1995

Oral history interview with Martha Cooley, April 25, 1995

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Creator:Cooley, Martha, 1908?-2005
Creator:McCoy, James Eddie (James Edward), 1942-
Title:Oral history interview with Martha Cooley, April 25, 1995
Date:1995 Apr. 25
Description:

Martha Cooley learned how to run a household when she was just a girl; by the age of twelve, she had taken charge of her home, cooking meals and hanging tobacco leaves to help her father's farming venture in Granville County, North Carolina. Eighty-five years old at the time of this 1995 interview, Cooley describes a childhood in the rural South before the advent of the civil rights movement, the intrusion of roads and highways, or interference from industrial growth or urban sprawl. Cooley remembers her history and that of her family, recalling her education in a one-room schoolhouse, Sunday afternoons, quiltings, and cornshuckings. She creates an image of an inward-looking, supportive community.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Cooley, Martha, 1908?-2005 | African American women--North Carolina--Granville County | African Americans--North Carolina--Granville County--Social life and customs | Farm life--North Carolina--Granville County | African Americans--Education--North Carolina--Granville County | Granville County (N.C.)
Collection:
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:Southern Oral History Program | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project) | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library | Oral histories of the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project))
Online Publisher:[Chapel Hill, N.C.] : University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. | 2007
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on Dec. 3, 2008).

Interview participants: Martha Cooley, interviewee; Eddie McCoy, interviewer.

Duration: 00:47:18.

This electronic edition is part of the UNC-Chapel Hill digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.

Text encoded by Jennifer Joyner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

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