Tag Archives: John K. Whisnant

Every Marriage Is Two Marriages: John Whisnant and Mary Neal Rudisill Whisnant’s Early Years Together, 1934-1940

Every marriage is two marriages: his and hers. Jessie Bernard, The Future of Marriage (1973)1 After a short train ride north from Asheville in late August 1934, John Whisnant and Mary Neal Rudisill walked into the Madison County Justice of … Continue reading

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Maybe Down the Road Somewhere: A Working-Class Valedictorian in Depression-era Asheville

I used to think that well, maybe, someday I could still go, you know. I thought well, maybe down the road somewhere I could still go. Mary Neal Rudisill Whisnant, on her long-cherished hope to go to college. Recorded interview … Continue reading

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