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Frances Blanton oral history interview

Interviewee: 
Blanton, Frances B.
Interviewer: 
Stiff, Alan
Date of Interview: 
1992-11-24
Identifier: 
GFBL0073
Subjects: 
lanton, Frances B.; Social values; Country life; Manners and customs; Dating (Social customs); Homemakers; North Carolina--Concord; North Carolina--Charlotte; Interviews (Sound recordings); Oral histories
Abstract: 
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 16, and recalls her father’s rules for suitors and opinions on activities that women shouldn’t engage in. She talks about activities that she did for fun in her youth, including attending school dances, parties, movies, and church activities. By age 20, she married, and remarks that most women at the time had married by age 22 or 23 or 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.
Coverage: 
1930-2000
Collection: 
David Goldfield student project on change in the Charlotte region
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