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This interview is one of series conducted concerning the Oral History of Appalachia. This interview contains a subject index prepared by the interviewer. Mr. Edward "Eric" L. Jackson related his experiences in Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes housing project during a period from 1987 to 1991. While Jackson had a stable family life in the project, occupying an apartment with his sister and their working mother, he nonetheless saw firsthand the effects of drugs, violence, and poorly maintained developments in a housing project on the South Side of Chicago. Jackson did not become involved with gangs or the illicit drug trade that so characterized these developments, although he does harbor criticism for the Chicago Housing Authority, the police, and other residents. Perhaps most significant, Jackson cites that despite the problems of the building he inhabited at Robert Taylor during this period, he believes stability could still be achieved if an individual had a good home life.
Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-828.
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Marshall University Special Collections, OH64-828, Huntington, WV.