I learned that the stock market crash didn't affect most people in Sevier County. I came to understand that my generation is lucky. We have electricity.
This project gave me the opportunity to do something I've never done before. I also was able to learn about the Depression from someone who had actually been through it. It gave me a new perspective. It gave me the chance to get to know someone from our community.
I learned a lot of pricesat first I thought "How cheap," but then I learned people were working for pennies. I never really thought it affected people around here. I thought it only dealt with people back East and in California.
I learned from the oral history unit that most people that lived through the time of the Depression thought that it was a blessing to them instead of a depressing event. I used to think that it was a horrible thing, but I learned that it helped people more than they could imagine. It taught me a lot about what these people had to go through.
I learned a lot about the people who suffered during the Great Depression. It was interesting to hear about that time. I enjoyed the stories about the people who gave up everything and how supportive people were toward their families. It was interesting to hear how my grandma lived through the Depression. It has great meaning to me to have shared that experience with her. It was a good project to do because I learned a lot more than I hAd previously known about the Depression.
Honestly, I hadn't a clue as to what a "rumble seat" was until this interview was done. Cherril Ogden [the interviewee] went into great detail as to what they were, and even explained her first "real date." Well, now I know a lot more about her and some of the really fun things she used to do.
The oral history project helped me gain a better knowledge and understanding of the life and times of people in Sevier County during the Depression. I learned a lot about how things were by interviewing Rhoda Winkel about her experiences. It was interesting and I had fun.
The oral history project was of value to me because I think it is really important to know what went on in the past, and to hear it from someone who knows. I learned that it was a hard time to go through and the effects of the Depression were everlasting.
The Great Depression interview gave me a greater understanding of the hardships that were faced and all of the trials people were forced to go through. I learned a lot about economics during that time period and what a stock market crash did to a nation.
I learned more about the Great Depression and about how different people lived their lives. I also got to know a little bit of what went on in Sevier County.
I learned a great deal about the Depression and mostly how everyone wastes a lot of stuff nowadays. I came to understand all the hardships that the people went through during the Depression. I developed a good sense of how the Depression affected older people.
I learned a lot about the Great Depression. I learned how hard it was to live through the rough times. It wouldn't have been very fun. By reading The Grapes of Wrath I also learned how hard it was not to starve and to get a job and also to take care of a family. I'm glad that I didn't have to live through this horrible time.
I learned that doing an oral history is good for the people that lived in that era. It got them to remember how things were and how they've changed. I enjoyed doing the actual interview because I got to know about some things that the individual did that boosts my impression of him and gives me something after which to pattern my life.
In doing the Sevier County Oral History Project, I learned to appreciate aged people's stories. Their experiences while young, if told, can be learned from and incorporated in your own life. The nice qualities they shared with me made me feel good, making me want to go back and talk to them without having to.
I learned that the Depression was a lot worse than I thought it was. I thought it just affected states like Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, but it didn'tit affected everyone. I didn't realize what a big problem it was until I interviewed my great-grandma.
I learned the real truth about the Great Depression. Many times before, I had heard bits and pieces about the Depression, but it wasn't until I heard the individual stories that I actually found out about how hard it really was. I have gained a great respect for all those who went through the Depression. It is amazing to me that such a humbling experience could touch so many people and have so many different effects on the lives of each individual person.
During the course of preparing, conducting, and transcribing the interview, I've learned new skills, brushed up on my typing abilities, and learned new things about an older man whom I greatly respect. He has taught me that experience is the only way that wisdom comes. He taught me not to be wasteful and, above all, families are more important than anything.
I learned of the great pains our grandparents and great-grandparents went through, and how they held together a nation in turmoil. It made me sad to think I had never realized how much they went through to make my America of today. I'm really thankful to have had the chance to participate in this project.
I came to understand more about my grandpa's younger life, and what things have influenced his life. I also learned a great deal about the Depression in Utah and what people went through in the 1930's.
What I learned in doing this project is how when the stock market crashed, it didn't affect a lot of people in Sevier County. The reason for this is that not many people had stocks. I also feel that I got a better understanding of what happened during this time, and how easy we have it.
At first, I grumbled and groaned about doing an oral history project. I was sure it would be dull, boring, and extremely monotonous. But boy, was I wrong. The first time I called Joe Gentry to see if he would be willing to be interviewed, he seemed delighted and used words like "grand" and "ducky"! He was so enthusiastic. As I interviewed, the real story of the Great Depression unfolded before me. Joe was so lively and animated. I learned that despite the rough spots and hours of transcribing, histories can create a bond and a friendship that can last through the years.
What I learned from the oral history project is that we have life quite easy. Also, we take so much for granted. I came to admire all of those people who lived through the Depression, because even under the worst circumstances they made the best of the situation. I think that we should do that a little more often today.