Maureen Milicia


Jessie Antoszewshi



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This interview is one of series conducted concerning the Oral History of Appalachia. At the time of the interview, Dr. Maureen Milicia was chairman of the Theater & Dance Department at Marshall University. Her family is the main focus of the interview, and she describes her relationships with family members, her parents' divorce, and a bad relationship she had with her step-father. Relationships with other men, women, and roommates are discussed as well. She also goes into great detail about her own personal history, such as perceptions on growing up in poverty, her developing independence in life, and her hopes for the future. She had a near-death experience at an amusement park as a child, which greatly affected her life. Her father was Roman-Catholic, but she was raised Jewish and tells us about her relationship with Judaism, although she eventually left that religion; she also discusses her current views on God, kosher, and the Ten Commandments. Her education is an important topic, too, as is her teaching career and her current job. Other subjects include prejudices and discrimination, her health (she suffered cancer early in life), her decision not to marry, her hopes for the future, and many other topics. The interview ends with more thoughts on her childhood.

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Library of Congress Subjects

Milicia, Maureen B., 1937- -- Autobiography.
Cancer -- Patients -- Oral histories.
Family -- Oral histories.
Child abuse -- Oral histories.
Slavery -- United States -- Oral histories.


Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-542.


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Oral History Interview: Maureen Milicia