Patricia Espy-Branham | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Norma Lee Browning vs. the hillbillies

I moved, with my Parents and two siblings, from the coal fields of Eastern, Kentucky to Chicago in late 1957. Later my Grandparents came...as did many of my Father's nine siblings..all they wanted was a better life for themselves and their children..both my Parents worked in factories...we lived in Uptown..my Parents worked hard to give us nice clothes...food to eat..a decent apartment to grow up in..things we would have struggled for had we stayed in Appalachia...our neighborhood was a melting pot of different cultures....Hillbillies...Native Americans..Gypsies..Puerto Ricans..I had friends from all different backgrounds...to me, the sixties in Uptown was a wonderful time to be a kid..and then a teen..and though I lived away from Appalachia for many years..but moved back here a little over twenty years ago..yet, the Uptown I knew...will always hold a special place in my memories...

Posted by Patricia Espy-Branham on 10/22/2017 at 12:52 PM

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