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Frances Blanton, 1992 November 24

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Identifier: GF-BL0073

Scope and Contents

Longtime Charlotte resident Frances Blanton discusses her family, and her childhood and adolescence. She describes visiting her grandparents on their farm in Cabarrus County, where they made their own butter, cream, and sausage. Mrs. Blanton began dating at sixteen, and recalls her father's rules for suitors and opinions on acceptable and unacceptable activities for women. She describes what she did for fun in her youth, including attending school dances, parties, movies, and church activities. By age twenty she married, and remarks that most women at the time had married by age twenty-two or twenty-three, or they didn't marry at all. Mrs. Blanton touches on differences between the culture of her youth and of the time of interview. In particular, she believes that there used to be a greater emphasis on family, that discussions of sex were taboo, and that relatives tended to stay closer to home once reaching adulthood.

Dates

  • 1992 November 24

Conditions Governing Access

34 of the 392 interviews are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Frances Blanton was in her sixties or seventies at the time of interview. She was born in Concord, North Carolina, in the 1920s or 1930s. She was educated at Brevard College, and was a homemaker.

Extent

21 Minutes

Language

English

Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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