Lay My Burden Down: A Folk History of Slavery

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LIST OF INFORMANTS AND INTERVIEWERS
The informant's age is given as at the time of the interview; that is, 1936, 1937, or 1938— most frequently, 1937. Unless otherwise specified, the informant was a slave in the state of residence. The interviewer's name, when known, is given in italics. When two names are given, the second person served either as collaborator or as editor.
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The title and the motto of the book are from a version of "When I Lay My Burden Down" recorded by Herbert Halpert for the Works Progress Administration and the Library of Congress from members of the Rust College Choir, Holly Springs, Mississippi, May 14, 1939.
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INTRODUCTION, quotation: Cato , about 101, Dallas, Texas; born 1836 or 1837, near Pineapple, Wilcox County, Alabama; slave in Alabama
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PART ONE, MOTHER WIT, quotation: Sylvia Durant, about 72, Marion, South Carolina. Annie Ruth Davis
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FOOLING MASTER AND CATCHING JOHN, quotation: Harriett Robinson, 95, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; born September 1, 1842, Bastrop, Texas; slave in Texas
FOOLING MASTER: Jake Green, 85, Livingston, Alabama. Ruby Pickens Tartt
CATCHING JOHN: Jake Green, 85, Livingston, Alabama. Ruby Pickens Tartt
IT WAS A POSSUM A WHILE AGO: Annie Young, 86, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; born 1851, Summers County, Tennessee; slave in Tennessee
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PIG-OOIE, PIG: Lizzie Farmer, 80, McAlester, Oklahoma; born 1857, Texas; slave in Texas
MALITIS: Mrs. Josie Jordan, 75, Tulsa, Oklahoma; born Sparta, Tennessee; slave in Tennessee
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THE BOOTS THAT WOULDN'T COME OFF: Neal Upson, 81, Athens, Georgia; born near Lexington, Oglethorpe County, Georgia. Grace McCune
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I COME To TELL THEM I COULDN'T COME: Uncle Hilliard Johnson, about 79, Sumter County, Alabama. Ruby Pickens Tartt
MASTER PUMPKIN: William M. Thomas, 87, Forth Worth, Texas; born May 17, 1850, Lauderdale County, Mississippi; slave in Mississippi
WHAT THE PASS SAID: Clayborn Gantling, 89, Jacksonville, Florida; born January 20, 1848, Dawson, Georgia; slave in Georgia, Rachel Austin
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POLLY PARROT: Sophia Ward, 99, Clay County, Kentucky; born February 2, 1837. Pearl House
THE TERRAPIN THAT COULD TALK: Lizzie Farmer, 80, McAlester, Oklahoma; slave in Texas
TURN THE TRAY AROUND: William M. Adams, 93, Fort Worth, Texas; born San Jacinto County, Texas
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I COME FROM ABOVE, WHERE ALL Is LOVE: Mary Ella Grandberry, about 90, Sheffield, Alabama; born Barton, Alabama. Levi D. Shelby, Jr.

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  • Lay My Burden Down - A Folk History of Slavery *
  • Preface vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Table of Contents xv
  • Part One - Mother Wit 1
  • Part Two - Long Remembrance 59
  • Part Three - From Can to Can'T 137
  • Part Four - A War among the White Folks 191
  • Part Five - All I Know about Freedom 221
  • List of Informants and Interviewers 271
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