Murray State University Special Collections and Archives

Jackson Purchase Oral History Project

Lifestyle Series
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The Lifestyles Series of the Jackson Purchase Oral History Project contains interviews with residents of the Jackson Purchase Area of southwest Kentucky from 1979 to 1989. The interviews discuss living conditions, social activities and significant events that occurred in the region during the first half of the 20th Century. Many of the interviews describe life on family farms in rural communities in Calloway, Graves, Marshall and McCracken Counties. Included in the collection are interviews with African-Americans who experienced segregation in Paducah and Mayfield.