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F44: Reminiscences (Aunt Harriet Smith)

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Title:F44: Reminiscences (Aunt Harriet Smith)
Identifier:e_utfc_0359
Description:Smith recounting her childhood, milking the "breedhorned" cows (longhorns), plowing with oxen, table fare in the early days, recreation, camp meetings and religion, slave trading before the "Break-up," and an African-American man who helped in the sale of slaves. Content notes from UT Folklore Center Catalog: "—Her age; was 13 at time of "break up"—Her owners; the Jim Buntons of Jamestown—Her cotton picking powers—Church during slavery days—Her sisters and brothers—Attending white folk's church—Treatment of slaves—What the white preachers preached—Slaves not taught to read and write—Mistreatment of slaves—Kinds of songs sung by slaves—Soldiers come by on horseback after Civil War—Mack Porter (slave girl) and molasses mill—Mack Porter runs off with colored soldier—Aunt Harriet's church-going—Her marriage—Old-time preachers better than modern ones—Negroes in politics—Jim Smith, her first husband, murdered by Walter Biles, a poor white—Sex relations between poor whites and Negro girls: "More is goingon today than used to go on."—Neighbors across the street accused of mother-son incest—Aunt Harriet's husbands: first, second, third, fourth. She hastrouble remembering them all.(Good recording, but her voice at times indistinct.)"
Country:United States
State:Texas
City:[Austin]
Date:1941/11/18
CreatorSmith, Harriet (interviewee)
Faulk, John Henry, Jr. (interviewer)
Source:UT Folklore Center Archives
Language:en
PublisherDolph Briscoe Center for American History
Rights:Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Original Format:1/4 inch audio tape