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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Stan Hyatt, November 30, 2000. Interview K-0249. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Remembering a poor but self-reliant family

This passage offers a brief and colorful look into the rural home where Hyatt spent his childhood. His wife, though she tried to learn from Hyatt's grandmother, could not learn how to prepare squirrel dumplings. Poverty bred self-reliance: poor Madison County residents had to provide their own food and clothing because they could not afford to buy them. But poverty drove Hyatt's family from Madison County, so need can strengthen a the members of a community even as it weakens the community as a whole.

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Oral History Interview with Stan Hyatt, November 30, 2000. Interview K-0249. 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.

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