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The speaker is an 85-year-old White woman with a high school education from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; she was recorded in 1967.



County: Monroe
State: PA

Commentary:
Ninety miles north of Philadelphia in east Pennsylvania, Stroudsburg is a town in Monroe County with a current population around 6,700. Nestled in the picturesque Pocono foothills, the town was founded in 1776 by Colonel Jacob Stroud. Although the area was once known for its textile mills, tanneries, and lumber mills, a twentieth-century shift in the economy saw tourism become the primary industry. In this segment the speaker talks about parenting and the trouble with the ???children of today.???
Inf: I don???t think parents are strict enough with their children today. I think children of today have too much liberty. It isn???t what I say, it???s what my children say [FW: Mm-hmm] that goes [FW: Mm-hmm]. Now, I may be wrong. I don???t know. But I, I know that-, now for instance in the use of a family car. When our older son started using an-, car, he was told by his father, ???Don???t make any plans for Saturday afternoon or Sunday. That belongs to your mother and me.??? But that isn???t done today [FW: No]. Mother and Dad take a back seat, and Johnny has the car.

FW: Yeah. That???s right. And if he doesn???t have the car, he has one of his own.

Inf: Oh yes, he has one of his own. Now that may be all right, I don???t know. But that???s just one of the things. Then another thing???I don???t think that the teenager of today has the proper, knows the proper value of the dollar [FW: Mm-hmm]. And I think it???s because they???ve had things come too easy. I may be wrong. I don???t know.

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