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Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States

From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 1

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1941
Language: English
Wordcount: 91,679 / 244 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 89.3
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 1,557
Added to site: 2007.10.13 18526

Prepared by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of North Carolina

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wn de palin's an' lit out down de road. But dey [HW correction: dar] runnin' wuzn' nothin' to what dem Yankees done. Dey bust out cussin', but what did a bee keer about cuss words! Dey lit on dem blue coats an' every time dey lit dey stuck in a pizen sting. De Yankee's forgot all about de meat an' things dey done stole; dey took off down de road on er [HW correction: a] run, passin' de horses. De bees was right after dem in a long line. Dey'd zoom an' zip, an' zoom an' zip, an' every time dey'd zip a Yankee would yell.

When dey'd gone Mis' Mary Jane untied Marse Frank. Den dey took all de silver, meat an' things de Yankees lef' behin' an' buried it so if dey come back dey couldn' fin' it.

Den day called ma an' said:

'Ida Lee, if you hadn't tu'ned [HW correction: turned] over dem bee gums dem Yankees would have toted off near 'bout everythin' fine we got. We want to give you somethin' you can keep so' you'll always remember dis day, an' how you run de Yankees away.'

Den Mis' Mary Ja



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