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Southern Farmers and Their StoriesMemory and Meaning in Oral History$

Melissa Walker

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124094

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124094.001.0001

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(p.231) Appendix One Demographic Data

(p.231) Appendix One Demographic Data

Source:
Southern Farmers and Their Stories
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky

Table 1 Interviewees by Race and Sex

Sex

Number

Percentage

White

Percentage

Black

Percentage

Male

244

46

189

35.6

55

10.4

Female

287

54

210

39.5

77

14.5

Total

531

100

399

75

132

25

Note: There were 475 interviews or interview sets (two or more interviews with the same person(s) by the same interviewee(s)) and a total of 531 people interviewed.

(p.232)

Table 2 Interviews by State

State

Number of Interviewees

Percentage*

Alabama

60

13.0

Arkansas

14

3.0

Florida

3

〈0.5

Georgia

25

5.3

Kentucky

3

〈0.5

Louisiana

13

2.7

Maryland

1

〈0.5

Mississippi

41

8.6

North Carolina

118

25.0

South Carolina

43

8.9

Tennessee

32

6.8

Texas

79

16.7

Virginia

35

7.4

West Virginia

2

〈0.5

Unknown

6

〈0.5

Note: There were 475 interviews or interview sets and a total of 531 people interviewed.

(*) Rounded to the nearest tenth; may not add up to 100 percent because of rounding.

(p.233)

Table 3 Interviews by Interview Purpose

Interview Purpose

Number of Interviewees

Percentage*

Black Life in the Jim Crow South

66

14.0

Civil Rights Movement

8

1.6

Southern Industrialization

51

10.8

Rural Life

315

66.2

Other

35

7.4

Note: There were 475 interviews or interview sets and a total of 531 people interviewed.

(*) Rounded to the nearest tenth; may not add up to 100 percent because of rounding.

(p.234)

Table 4 Interviewees by Decade of Birth*

Decade of Birth

Number of Interviewees

Percentage#

1870s

1

〈0.2

1880s

7

1.5

1890s

33

6.9

1900s

89

18.7

1910s

103

21.7

1920s

88

18.5

1930s

25

5.3

1940s

4

〈1

1950s

4

〈1

Unknown&

121

25.5

Note: There were 475 interviews or interview sets and a total of 531 people interviewed.

(*) In many of the cases where two people were interviewed, the birthdate of only one was recorded. Therefore, this table reflects the birthdate of the first interviewee to state a birthdate. In almost every case, the second interviewee was born in the same decade.

(#) Rounded to the nearest tenth; may not add up to 100 percent because of rounding.

(&) Decade of birth difficult to estimate from context of interview but born before 1950.

(p.235)

Table 5 Landowning Status by Race

Landowning Status

Number

Percentage*

White

Percentage of Whites*

Black

Percentage of Blacks*

Non-landowner (day laborer, sharecropper, tenant, renter, farm manager)

97

20.4

44

12.6

54

43.5

Landowner

260

54.7

216

61.5

44

35.4

Lived in rural area, but primary source of income was off-farm job

19

4

15

4.3

4

3

Non-landowner advancing to landowner

17

3.6

14

4

3

2.4

Landowner becoming non-landowner

6

1.3

4

1.1

2

1.6

Landowner moving to off-farm work

6

1.3

5

1.4

1

0.8

Non-landowner moving to off-farm work

2

〉0.4

2

0.6

0

0

Off-farm work moving to landownership

2

〉0.4

2

0.6

0

0

Unknown

66

13.9

49

13.9

16

12.9

Total

475

351

124

Note: There were 475 interviews or interview sets and a total of 531 people interviewed.

(*) Rounded to the nearest tenth; may not add up to 100 percent because of rounding.

(p.236)

Table 6 Education Level by Race

Education Level

Total

Percentage of Total*

White

Black

Elementary School

35

7.4

24

11

High School

97

20.4

72

25

Attended college

16

3.4

13

3

College graduate

62

13

46

16

Postgraduate work or degree

29

6.1

18

11

Vocational or technical school#

13

2.7

10

3

Unknown

223

46.9

168

55

Total

475

351

124

Note: There were 475 interviews or interview sets and a total of 531 people interviewed.

(*) Rounded to the nearest tenth; may not add up to 100 percent because of rounding.

(#) Including secretarial or business college, vocational training program, beauty school, non-degree nursing program, etc.