Homeless, Friendless, and Penniless

Homeless, Friendless, and Penniless

The WPA Interviews With Former Slaves Living in Indiana

eBook - 2000
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Lives of former slaves in their own words, published for the first time. Based on a collection of interviews conducted in the late 1930s, Homeless, Friendless, and Penniless is an invaluable record of the lives and thoughts of former slaves who moved to Indiana after the Civil War and made significant contributions to the evolving patchwork of Hoosier culture. The Indiana slave narratives provide a glimpse of slavery as remembered by those who experienced it, preserving insiders' views of a tragic chapter in American history. Though they were living in Indiana at the time of the interviews, these African Americans been enslaved in 11 different states from the Carolinas to Louisiana. The interviews deal with life and work on the plantation; the treatment of slaves; escaping from slavery; education, religion, and slave folklore; and recollections of the Civil War. Just as important, the interviews reveal how former slaves fared in Indiana after the Civil War and during the Depression. Some became ministers, a few became educators, and one became a physician; but many lived in poverty and survived on Christian faith and small government pensions.
Publisher: [United States] : Indiana University Press : Made available through hoopla, 2000
ISBN: 9780253028570
0253028574
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker, Ronald L. 1937-
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