Katie Jones Interview

  Katie Jones was born in 1916 and grew up in Coalwood West Virginia.  She lived through both the Great Depression and World War II and shares her experiences in the interview.  Katie Jones also saw the the hardships of segregation in her town.  She noted that she lived in a black community cut off from the whites and foreigners.  In her community she worked as a house cleaner while raising her kids.  She saw the war from a segregated point of view which led to a really interesting … [Read more...]

John Cain Interview

John Cain Interview from UMW History on Vimeo.   John Cain was born in 1927 and experienced the Great Depression and World War II in the United States.  He remembered that almost everyone in his community lost their jobs during the depression.  He also remembered how it effected his family directly.  Mr. Cain grew up in Summerville, Massachusetts where a large number of Irish, Italian and French Americans lived.  Mr. Cain expressed ethnic tensions between these groups.  Mr. Cain held … [Read more...]