Slave Narratives from
the Federal Writer's Project now online
From 1936 through 1938, the Federal Writer's Project of the WPA collected
more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black and white
photos. These were microfilmed in 1941 and assembled into a seventeen
volume, "A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews
with Former Slaves."
These autobiographical accounts were complied in seventeen states and most
are first person accounts of slave life giving their own impression and
reaction to their bondage.
The Library of Congress has made the collection available online. More
than 200 photographs are being made available to the public for the first
time. The collection can be found at:
Thanks to The Live Oak, PO Box 20417, Oakland, CA 94620-0417.
All my life I have wondered
about my ancestors
Who were here long before I
was a tiny baby 'neath
My dear mother's heart.
I have wondered.
And I've wandered
In the foggy mystery
As the far away stars
Are and were to child eyes.
The talk so strange
Of my ancestors
And grandparents seem to flow
Past me as a lazy river goes
Always near me now
Where ever I may be.
And this ever present voice of the ancestors
Speaks above the waters
Rushing to the sea.
"Your not a child anymore!"
"Come and Solve the mystery!"
"It really wasn't that long ago
That we were here."
Now with the help of genealogy,
And lovely people working for us
This world's a better place, dear.
Thanks for Valentines Marie Henderson
Marie Henderson sent us some lovely Valentine's to use at our Braveheart
Scottish Weekend 2003. We decorated Friday night using the Valentine's
theme since the event fell on Valentine's Day...and the Valentine's sent
by our readers really enhanced the tables!
Thank you, Marie!
Lyn Hamilton: The Celtic Riddle (Berkley
Prime Crime, $6.50, ISBN 0-425-17775-0)
Antiquarian Lara McClintoch
delights in finding rare artifcats for her Toronto store. This time,
she's accompanying a friend called to Ireland's County Kerry for the
reading of a will.
Eamon Byrne's will reports that he has
one rare and very valuable treasure, and gives each of his quarrelsome
relatives one clue. He thought they would cease squabbling and work
together. Instead they seem to find murder an easier route.
As expected with Hamilton, a strong plot
with believable characters, grand settings.