Edwin Cook was born in 1931 in Queen Anne’s County in Maryland. He was around the age of ten when the war began. His family lived on a farm in Centreville, and most of his time during the war was spent tending to the farm and attending school. On the days that he and his siblings weren’t doing chores on the farm, he would go into town to try and watch a movie at the local theatre. His mother worked as a teacher right until she got married since married women could not be teachers anymore. Eddie loved to read and eventually read all about the war as he got older to understand more about the monumental event.
In this interview, Eddie recalls his life when he was a boy. He discusses farm life in great detail and all the chores and jobs. Additionally, he discusses race relations, particularly as it pertained to the farm; involvement via food production; his opinions of FDR and Winston Churchill and other miscellaneous topics.
In the interview with Eddie is a childhood friend, Charlie Carter. Eddie invites Charlie to participate in the interview to share some of his stories of growing up in Centreville during the war.