Generation X (1965-1980)
Date of Interview
Falcon Heights, Saint Paul, 1977
Oral History | Psychology
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Eric Smith is a Caucasian male born on August 30th, 1977. Growing up, Smith lived with his parents and sister. His father was a prosecutor and his mother was a teacher. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Smith discussed his family life, talking about how having a prosecutor and a teacher as parents made it difficult for him to get away with much. He also talked about the pets that his family had. Smith delved into his family's religious background and expressed his problems with the hypocrisy he observed in the church. Moving on, Smith described the neighborhood events, block parties, and winter activities in which his neighbors engaged. He portrayed a tight-knit community shared by his neighbors. Smith further discussed the games he played and recounted his time in school, including stories of times he got in trouble. He then recounted a neighborhood dispute over the construction of a bar that caused the entire neighborhood to become riled up. Lastly, Smith reflected on police discrimination in his neighborhood during his teenage years and expressed concern that it continues to be a problem to this day.
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Luker, Julie M., "Eric Smith" (2023). Saint Paul and Surrounding Area. 50.