The New Deal initiated by Franklin D. Roosevelt included employment programs for jobless white-collar workers to collect narratives and life histories of former slaves. John Lomax, a white Southerner, proposed that efforts be extended more systematically to the Southern and border states. On April 1, 1937, a collection of slave narratives and photographs formally began. The photographs of former Alabama slaves are from this collection.
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