Days Gone By - stories from the past

Some of the former slaves in this film that were living in 1936-37 were over 100 years old

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. This film includes many photographs of former Alabama slaves from the Lomax collection.

FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America Inspired by true events, Col. John Washington (ancestor of President George Washington), Randall Revell, Tom Cottingham, Edmund Beauchamp ward off Indian attacks and conquer the wilds of Maryland’s Eastern shore in 17th century colonial America in this historical novel.

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Aristotle Tziampiris

    This is superb, thank you for sharing

    1. Thanks!

  2. Donna, I know I’m like thousands of others who get the greatest pleasure in hearing and reading about our state’s history. Thank you so for your time and effort. I particularly like the fact that you show the location of a county when you speak of it. We’re all learning and enjoying! I’m from Sylacauga in Talladega County and have learned new things about my town and my county.

    1. Hi Bill,
      Thank you! I enjoy discovering and sharing these treasures.

  3. Vanessa Brown

    Marcia McIntyre Risner thought you might enjoy this video

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