Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves

Arkansas Narratives, Part 3

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Author: Work Projects Administration (W.P.A.)
Published: 1941
Language: English
Wordcount: 104,858 / 287 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 92.5
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Added to site: 2006.10.04
mnybks.net#: 14433
Origin: gutenberg.org
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and them strapped down. She said 'cause they didn't keep up work in the field or they didn't want to work. She didn't know why. They didn't stay there very long. She didn't want to go back there.

"My life has never been a hard one. I have always worked. Me and my husband run a cafe till he got drowned. Since then I have to work harder. I wash and iron, cook wherever some one comes for me. When I was a girl I was so much like mother--a fast, strong hand in the field, I always had work.

"Mother said, 'Eat the beans and greens, pot-liquor and sweet milk, make you fat and lazy.' That was what they put in the children's wooden trays in slavery. They give the men and women meat and the children the broth and dumplings, plenty molasses. Sunday mother could cook at home in slavery if she'd 'tend to the baby too. All the hands on Harrises place et dinner with their family on Sunday. He was fair with his slaves.

"For the life of me I can't see nothing wrong with the times. Only thing I see, you ca

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