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1.
Billy Ray Hall, January 20, 2000. Interview K-0509.
North Carolinians Respond to Hurricane Floyd and Its Aftermath: Billy Ray Hall, president of the Rural Economic Development Center, discusses the scope, environment and financial, of the flood damage in eastern North Carolina.
Interviewee: Billy Ray Hall    Interviewer: Charles Thompson, Charles Thompson
Duration: 00:45:25     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 11 excerpts.
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Steve Holland, December 16, 1999. Interview K-0510.
A Businessman's Perspective on Hurricane Floyd: Steve Holland, a Republican county commissioner and businessman in Pender County, North Carolina, describes the personal and bureaucratic struggles he faced the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd.
Interviewee: Steve Holland    Interviewer: Charles Thompson, Charles Thompson
Duration: 01:55:35     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 21 excerpts.
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Thomas Samuel Hudson and Elberta Pugh-Hudson, December 18, 1999. Interview K-0283.
A Religious Perspective on Hurricane Floyd: The Hudsons explain that although God used the Floyd flood to warn against materialism, He helped many escape the floodwaters and oversaw astonishing generosity afterward.
Interviewee: Thomas Samuel Hudson, Elberta Pugh-Hudson    Interviewer: Charles Thompson, Charles Thompson
Duration: 01:21:07     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 15 excerpts.
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Bert Pickett, December 18, 1999. Interview K-0285.
The Devastation of Hurricane Floyd: Pentecostal pastor Bert Pickett provides a compelling description of the despair that accompanied Hurricane Floyd's devastation.
Interviewee: Bert Pickett    Interviewer: Charles Thompson, Charles Thompson
Duration: 01:00:08     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 13 excerpts.
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Johnnie and Kathleen Bratten, January 15, 2000. Interview K-0508.
In the Absence of Government Help, Churches Step In: Johnnie and Kathleen Bratten describe the extent to which church groups and other volunteers helped them after their home was destroyed in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd.
Interviewee: Johnnie Bratten, Kathleen Bratten    Interviewer: Charles Thompson, Charles Thompson
Duration: 00:50:07     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 5 excerpts.
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Bernice Cavenaugh and Betsy Easter, December 8, 1999. Interview K-0279.
Confusion, Fear, and Recovery: A Mother and Daughter Face the Flood: Bernice Cavenaugh and her daughter, Betsy Easter, describe enduring Hurricane Floyd's flooding and its aftermath. They tell a story of fear, confusion, and frustration that reveals a lack of preparation, disorganized and inequitable government compensation, and significant challenges to community bonds.
Interviewee: Bernice Cavenaugh, Betsy Easter    Interviewer: Charles Thompson, Charles Thompson
Duration: 01:34:03     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 10 excerpts.
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Aaron and Jenny Cavenaugh, December 8, 1999. Interview K-0281.
Rebuilding Alone: Facing the Flood with Little Help: Aaron and Jenny Cavenaugh, long-time Duplin County, North Carolina, residents, lost their antiques business and turkey farm in the flooding that accompanied Hurricane Floyd.
Interviewee: Aaron Cavenaugh, Jenny Cavenaugh    Interviewer: Charles Thompson, Charles Thompson
Duration: 01:26:24     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 14 excerpts.
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Larry and Betty Kelley, December 9, 1999. Interview K-0511.
The Decline of Farming in Eastern North Carolina: Larry Kelley shares the details of a lifetime of farming and other rural work while discussing the hardships he and others faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd.
Interviewee: Larry Kelley, Betty Kelley    Interviewer: Charles Thompson, Charles Thompson
Duration: 02:07:54     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 14 excerpts.
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Renee Lee, December 19, 1999. Interview K-0284.
A Mother and Daughter Face the Flood: Renee and Ashley Lee reminisce about life in White Stocking, North Carolina, and express frustration with the government's sluggish and bureaucracy-laden relief effort after Hurricane Floyd.
Interviewee: Renee Lee    Interviewer: Charles Thompson
Duration: 01:25:04     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 9 excerpts.
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Mattie Bell and Earl Cavenaugh, December 7, 1999. Interview K-0282.
Red Tape in the Government Response to Hurricane Floyd: Earl and Mattie Bell Cavenaugh, both over 80, express concern with the erosion of moral values and discuss their frustrations with the government after Hurricane Floyd.
Interviewee: Earl Cavenaugh, Mattie Bell Cavenaugh    Interviewer: Charles Thompson, Rob Amberg, Charles Thompson
Duration: 01:37:15     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 10 excerpts.
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Raymond, Eunice, Wayne, and Charles Russell English, December 8, 1999. Interview K-0280.
A Community Succeeds Where Governments Fail: Raymond and Eunice English, along with their son and nephew, worry that Hurricane Floyd may have irreparably crippled the aging Duplin County, North Carolina, farming community.
Interviewee: Raymond English, Eunice English, Charles Russell English, Wayne English
Interviewer: Charles Thompson, Rob Amberg, Charles Thompson
Duration: 02:49:38     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 24 excerpts.
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Thomas Henderson, October 28, 1999. Interview K-0228.
A Tobacco Buyer Describes the North Carolina Tobacco Industry in the 1930s and 1940s: Thomas Henderson was born in Brookneal, Virginia, a small, tobacco farming community. He later became a tobacco buyer in Greenville, North Carolina. Focusing on the tobacco industry in the 1930s and 1940s, Henderson explains the establishment of gradation policies for the tobacco industry as a New Deal reform measure, the process of buying and selling tobacco at auction, and changes in tobacco farming.
Interviewee: Thomas Henderson    Interviewer: Charles Thompson, Charles Thompson
Duration: 01:56:22     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 10 excerpts.
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James W. (Jim) Connor, December 19, 1999. Interview K-0818.
A Hog Farmer and an Environmentalist: Hog farmer Jim Connor describes the impact of Hurricane Floyd and the details of his business, and emphasizes his concern for the environment.
Interviewee: James W. (Jim) Connor    Interviewer: Charles Thompson
Duration: 01:38:04     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 8 excerpts.