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

Georgia Narratives, Part 2

Author: Work Projects Administration (W.P.A.)
Published: 1941
Language: English
Wordcount: 92,425 / 249 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 90.7
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 839
Added to site: 2007.07.29
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"I know so many things 'bout slavery time 'til I never will be able to tell 'em all," she declared. "In dem days, preachers wuz just as bad and mean as anybody else. Dere wuz a man who folks called a good preacher, but he wuz one of de meanest mens I ever seed. When I wuz in slavery under him he done so many bad things 'til God soon kilt him. His wife or chillun could git mad wid you, and if dey told him anything he always beat you. Most times he beat his slaves when dey hadn't done nothin' a t'all. One Sunday mornin' his wife told him deir cook wouldn't never fix nothin' she told her to fix. Time she said it he jumped up from de table, went in de kitchen, and made de cook go under de porch whar he always whupped his slaves. She begged and prayed but he didn't pay no 'tention to dat. He put her up in what us called de swing, and beat her 'til she couldn't holler. De pore thing already had heart trouble; dat's why he put her in de kitchen, but he left her swingin' dar and went to church, preached, and

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