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

South Carolina Narratives, Part 4

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Author: Work Projects Administration (W.P.A.)
Published: 1941
Language: English
Wordcount: 75,392 / 207 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88.8
LoC Categories: , CT
Downloads: 1,037
Added to site: 2009.02.24
mnybks.net#: 23525
Origin: gutenberg.org
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lways said I was a big gal when the war stopped, when freedom come.

"We belonged to Seth Posey who had a big farm there. He was a good man, but sure made us work. I worked in the fields when I was small, hoed and picked cotton, hoed corn. They didn't give us no money for it. All we got was a place to sleep and a little to eat. The big man had a good garden and give us something from it. He raised loads of hogs, to eat and to sell. He sold lots of them. The young fellows hunted rabbits, possums, squirrels, wild turkeys, partridges, doves, and went fishing. The Master's wife, Miss Nancy, was good to us. She had one son, William.

"Yes, I 'member my ma telling us 'bout the padder-rollers. They would ride around, whipping niggers.

"My ma said her step-mother sold her. Sometimes they would take crowds of slaves to Mississippi, taking away mothers from their infant babies, leaving the babies on the floor.

"We always shuck corn and shell it at night, on moon-light nights we pick cotton. On

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