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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Aaron and Jenny Cavenaugh, December 8, 1999. Interview K-0281. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

A self-reliant community must look to help from the outside

The Cavenaughs describe the dimensions of community interdependence and assistance in the flood's aftermath. While volunteers helped immeasurably and gave the Cavenaughs a sense of community solidarity and psychological healing, members of the immediate community were too devastated to help one another. The Cavenaughs were too busy recovering even to ask for help from groups like the Red Cross. In other words, a sense of community came from outside sources, who often arrived on their own initiative.

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Oral History Interview with Aaron and Jenny Cavenaugh, December 8, 1999. Interview K-0281. 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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