A selection of reminiscences by former slaves about Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. Edited with an explanatory introduction by Patricia B. Mitchell. Published 2013. 73 research notes, 36 pages. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Soft cover, saddle-stitched. ISBN-10: 1-929384-20-3. ISBN-13: 978-1-929384-20-4.
In Christmas Season During Slavery Times, lifestyle history writer Patricia B. Mitchell compiles holiday memories of sixty-eight former slaves (plus one child of slaves). Included are recollections of holiday activities — often joyful, sometimes stressful — which occurred throughout the South. The quotations come from 1930's interviews conducted under the Federal Writers Project (FWP) as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
The text of the reminiscences is left in the approximately-phonetic dialects recorded by the Writers Project interviewers, with only minor clarifications. In addition to choosing and arranging the collection, editor Patricia Mitchell also provides an explanatory introduction.
73 endnotes will assist those who wish to learn more from the original documents.
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Copyright © 2013 Patricia B. Mitchell.