Documenting the American South Logo
oral histories of the American South
Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Eva Hopkins, March 5, 1980. Interview H-0167. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Leaving school for mill work at fourteen

Hopkins left school to do mill work at fourteen to help support the family during her father's illness.

Citing this Excerpt

Oral History Interview with Eva Hopkins, March 5, 1980. Interview H-0167. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Full Text of the Excerpt

EVA HOPKINS:
The reason I went to work in the mills when I was fourteen, quit school, my daddy got sick, and he had to go to the sanitorium.
LU ANN JONES:
Did he have tuberculosis?
EVA HOPKINS:
Un-huh.
LU ANN JONES:
That was a pretty common disease back then, wasn't it?
EVA HOPKINS:
So then I went to work. I quit school-that was during the Depression.
LU ANN JONES:
What year was that?
EVA HOPKINS:
I don't know. He went when I was seven years old to the sanitorium. Then I quit school when I was fourteen. I don't know what year that was.
LU ANN JONES:
So you were born in 1918. Nineteen-thirty-two then.