Interview with Kate Bradley and J.W. Bradley by Evangeline Mee, 29 May 2012, Southern Oral History Program, UNC Chapel Hill

Topics discussed in this interview with Kate Bradley and J.W. Bradley include: birth in Petros, Tenn.; life history overview; coal mining father; history of Save Our Cumberland Mountains (SOCM); women’s role in SOCM; relationship of Vanderbilt University medical students; Student Health Coalition in 1969; Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); coal mining in Tennessee; foodways; fundraising; community organizing in Petros, Tenn.; fighting for land from the Southern Railroad and Agriculture Extension Office; personal conflict with individuals in the community; rummage sales; John Gaventa, Irwin Venick, Sue Colby, Maureen O’Connell, Daniel Ford Thomas, Bill Dow; involvement in local church; Briceville clinic; letter from Jimmy Carter; Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977; PTA; education inequality; Miles Horton from the Highlander Research and Education Center; Oak Ridge and City Behind the Fence; bake sales and quilt raffles; burning of the Petros school; involvement in Brushy Mountain prison; scare tactics and intimidation from coal companies; Catholic doctor named David Stanley; close relationship with prisoners of Brushy Mountain Prison; taking care of aging parents; work as President of the Unicorn Fund; strip mining in Frozen Head Park; children and activism; Coal Creek War; fighting McCoys.

Interview with Kate Bradley and J.W. Bradley by Evangeline Mee, 29 May 2012 U-0803, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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