🇺🇸1935 Born in Slavery: Questions & Answers interview with former slaves

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This video of the January 12, 1999 broadcast of Nightline is really quite remarkable. It shares clips of voice recordings made in the mid-twentieth century of black people born into U.S. slavery.

That’s right, it features the voices of real (former) slaves.

The earliest came from a 1935 recording expedition to Georgia, Florida, and the Bahamas by Alan Lomax, Zora Neale Hurston, and Mary Elizabeth Barnicle. Their goal was to collect stories and music from African Americans in these areas. In 1940, John A. L
The technology to clean up and digitize the scratchy memory-filled discs only became available in the 1990s.

Item Title
Interview with Mrs. Laura Smalley, Hempstead, Texas, 1941
Interviewee: Smalley, Laura
Interviewer: Faulk, John Henry
Interviewer: Unidentified Woman

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  1. These are the people who endured great misery , hatred and unconscionable torture and humiliation. Power over people of any kind is dangerous it allows the perpetrator to use up whatever bumanity they had ,dollar signs promulgate. Greed is overflowing by the sounds of these statements were diverse as to plantations Some vicious Some were paternalistic to a degree then the whips came out . It was a nasty brutish way of living. Mountain , what I heard of speech , he had had rudimentary schooling, because he spoke somewhat clearer to others. I think he had read some, the lady was singing what became jazz. ,The Black people brought themselves decent lives , resilient and powerful God bless all peoples

  2. ғor тнere тo вe recordιngѕ oғ lιvιng people тнaт recall ѕlavery…ιт waѕnт тнaт long ago…and people тнιnĸ ιт'ѕ ιn тнe paѕт leave ιт тнere?нow?once yoυ ĸnow, нow do yoυ even вegιn тo мaĸe ѕenѕe oғ ιт? yoυ canт вecaυѕe ѕlavery waѕ wrong!вυт тнaтѕ wнaт wнιтeѕ нave done n conтιnυe тo do тo тнιѕ day..нow мany wнιтe вυѕιneѕѕ ownerѕ do yoυ ѕee acтυal doιng тнeιr own мanυal laвor? wнere ιм ғroм ιn тнe ѕoυтн all we ѕee oυr мeхιcanѕ вυιldιng ѕнopѕ and вυѕιneѕѕ eтc..worĸιng υnder wнιтe ғolĸѕ..мy нυѕвand worĸed ғor wнιтe ppl ѕaιd тнeѕe ppl coυldnт do wнaт we do even ιғ тнeιr lιveѕ depended on ιт вυт тнey ѕυre can тaĸe all тнe credιт ғor oυr вĸ вreaĸιng worĸ…

  3. Acts 16:31 is always misinterpreted. When is it that one person changes his belief and the whole household is saved. Clearly this is a clarion call for this one individual and his family gets to benefit. SMH. People can go around saying, Oh, my father believes in Jesus, so, I'm good. I'm sure Christians would not like this because Muslims believe in Jesus, so all Muslims will be saved. No, this was an individual getting grace from the apostle. (I'm reading the Book of Acts) Great movie, tho'. Thank you.

  4. What they're saying n what pop up on the screen r different…wrong. Why wasn't it corrected??? For a documentary …sure got stuff ALL wrong, the actual words vs. what u put up on screen.
    In the 21st. Century u need to fix this. Plus I can hear well so why did u feel the need to put on screen what u thought was said??

  5. 👁👃🏽👁
    John 8; 44-45
    44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
    45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

    while Judah slept.the Slaves in America
    Matthew 13;24-30
    24 ¶ Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
    25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
    26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
    27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
    28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
    29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
    30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

  6. To the matter of the case there of; To research documents of historical events is relying on what was written. Being told of events as witnessed by a survivor is reality. Mr. Dane Calloway, please listen to those who were there. then please correct me if I`am wrong. peace&goodwill. TT".


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