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Writing Our Own History essays

Identifier: MS0185

Scope and Contents

The collection contains essays written by senior citizens in Charlotte about their experiences during the Great Depression, Prohibition and World War II.


  • 1992 - 1994


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Writing Our Own History Essays was part of a course sponsored by the Shepherd's Center and Central Piedmont Community College and taught by Margaret Bigger in 1992-1994. In this project, senior citizens in Charlotte wrote essays describing their personal experiences during important events in the 20th century, such as Prohibition, the Depression and World War II.


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Original handwritten and typed copies of essays written by Charlotte senior citizens in courses sponsored by the Shepherd's Center and Central Piedmont Community College and taught by Margaret Bigger in 1992-94. These are personal accounts of growing up during the Prohibition era and the Depression and of life during World War II.


Box:Folder Contents : 1. DEPRESSION (1992): includes a copy of "The Great Depression--We Survived!" and the original handwritten and typewritten manuscripts. 2. PROHIBITION (1994): includes original handwritten and typewritten manuscripts for class entitled, "Prohibition Didn't End in '33." Of interest is an essay about the Piedmont and Northern Railway by Florine Ledford Olive entitled, "The Moonshine Express." 3. WORLD WAR II (1993): includes a copy of "World War II--It Changed Us Forever" (folder 2) and the original handwritten and typewritten manuscripts (folders 3-4).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Margaret Bigger, 1992-94

Related Materials

Selby Daniels Papers, (Mss 211)

Processing Information

Processed by Randy Penninger, 1994.

Writing Our Own History essays
Randy Penninger
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated

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