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Such as Us: Southern Voices of the Thirties

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August 1987

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When "These Are Our Lives" was first published by The University of North Carolina Press in 1939, the late Charles A. Beard hailed it as "literature more powerful than anything I have read in fiction, not excluding Zola's most vehement passages." A very early experiment in the publication of oral history, it consisted of thirty-five life histories of sharecroppers, farmers, mill workers, townspeople, and the unemployed of the Southeast, selected from over a thousand such histories collected by the Federal Writers' Project in the 1930s. It was the Press' intention to publish several more volumes from the material that had been amassed, but World War II forced the cancellation of those plans.The editors of "Such As Us" have taken up the abandoned task and have produced a volume every bit as rich as its predecessor. From the perspective of forty years we can now read these stories as vivid chapters in the social history of the South, reaching as far back as slavery times and as far forward as the eve of World War II.To the modern reader the people speaking in this book may at first seem quaint, like curious from a past time and a different world. They worked on farms, in mills, oil fields, coal mines, and other people's homes. Their life histories provide a view of the world they saw, experienced, and helped to create. They tell about family life, religion, sex roles, being poor, and getting old, and they describe how major events--the Civil War, Emancipation, World War I, the Great Depression, and the New Deal--affected them. These accounts offer the reader the chance to experience vicariously the world these people lived in--to know, for example, the wife of the tenant farmer whocommented, "We seem to move around in circles like the mule that pulls the syrup mill. We are never still, but we never get anywhere.""Such as Us" is a contribution to the history of anonymous Americans. Like the former-slave narratives, which have become an important pri
EAN: 9780807841914
ISBN: 0807841919
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: UNIV OF NORTH CAROLINA PR
Erscheinungsdatum: August 1987
Seitenanzahl: 328 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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