Jeffery L. Halsey
Carmelita Stokan describes growing up during the 1920s and ’30 and moving from town to town in Washington and Montana with her family. She recalls how her childhood was particularly difficult and how she had to help support her family during the Great Depression. Stokan tells how she ran away from home at the age of 17, going to California to live with her older sister Theresa. She discusses being unable to find a job there which prompted her to return to Anaconda, Montana. Stokan recalls more of her childhood and talks about attending grade school. She also talks about her marriage, children, and life during her later years. Stokan shares some of her views on the Great Depression, the actions of the U.S. military in El Salvador, alcoholism, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) and women’s liberation.
Great Depression, 1929-1939; Women’s liberation; Feminism; Catholicism; Ireland; Anaconda, Montana; Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES)
Montana Communities Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.): analog + 1 transcript (21 p.: 28 cm.)
Stokan, Carmelita, "Carmelita Stokan Interview, March 24, 1986" (1986). Montana Communities Oral History Collection. 5.