In Interview 2, Carl Albert explains the economic and cultural effects of the mining industry and how it brought his family to Oklahoma. As the son of a coal miner, Carl Albert was born and raised in southeast Oklahoma. The prospect of a better life through the economic opportunities of mining coal attracted people from all over the world and created diverse settlements; the Albert family was brought together by this migration. Albert tells stories describing the danger, the transient nature and the international community that shaped his early experiences. When he ran for political office, Albert remained loyal to the coal mining community and gained a reputation in his political career as a man of the people.