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Reconstruction Period Research Forum

Re: A new look at the WPA - the FWP

WPA Life Histories, Folklore, ex-slave narratives and other 'Social-ethnic' stories are available at the Library of Congress. Over 20 states are included. Of the southern states, Mississippi, Arkansas, Virginia and Tennessee appear to be missing in the online collection.

Georgia has 73 life histories represented online. Others are:
John Wesley Dobbs (b. Cobb County)
Wesley Anthony (Washington)
Henry Rogers (Washington)
Archie George (Atlanta)
Mary Willingham (Athens)
Molly Kensey (ex-slave)
Lisa Johnson (Athens)
Sarah Hill (Athens)
J.H. Robertson (Athens, Manager, Atlanta Life Insurance Co.)
Mariah Jackson (Athens)
Lucille Jackson (Athens)
E.W. Evans (ex-slave)
Nick Waller (Athens)
Andrew Johnson (Athens)
Kert Shorrow? (Athens)
Mary Johnson (Athens)
Alonzo Power [Lonnie Pondly?] (Athens, b. 1855, Madison County)

Alabama has 33 life histories. One of the subjects is Jesse Owens, Olympic Winner of Cleveland, Ohio and mentioned in "Who's Who In Colored America". Another (minority) interviewee was Isaac Grove (Mobile Co.)

Other states:
Texas (445 titles)
New Mexico (218 titles)
Florida (128 titles)
South Carolina (170 titles)
North Carolina (174 titles)
Illinois (73 titles)
Indiana (15 titles)
Wisconsin (128 titles)
Vermont (129 titles)
Massachusetts (139 titles
New York (417 titles)
New Hampshire (19 titles)
Maine (29 titles)
Nebraska (305 titles)
Mountana (26 titles)
Oregon (81 titles)
Washington (26 titles)


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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