Slave Narratives Vol. XIV

Slave Narratives Vol. XIV
South Carolina, Part 1

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Slave Narratives Vol. XIV
South Carolina, Part 1

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A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves.

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t has struck them. After de best vittles, dere come some more what is mighty tasty, and they is hoghead and chittlings wid 'tatoes and turnips. Did you see dat? Here I is talkin' 'bout de joys of de appetite and water drapping from my mouth. I sho' must be gittin' hongry. I lak to eat. I has been a good eater all my life, but now I is gittin' so old dat 'cordin' to de scriptures, 'De grinders cease 'cause they are few', and too, 'Those dat look out de windows be darkened'. My old eyes and teeth is 'bout gone, and if they does go soon, they ain't gwine to beat dis old frame long, 'cause I is gwine to soon follow, I feels. I hope when I does go, I can be able to say what dat great General Stonewall Jackson say when he got kilt in de Civil War, 'I is gwine to cross de river and rest under de shade of de trees'."

[~HW: Ezra Adams, Swansea (about 10m. south of Columbia)~]

Project 1885-1. Folk Lore District No. 4. May 27, 1937. Edited by: J. J. Murray.

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