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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.

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FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Tapestry of Love) (Volume 3) (Paperback)

By (author):  Causey, Donna R

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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. 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.

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  4. And many of those former slaves altered their stories; they did not want to upset the white people they were talking to about slavery. Long-standing habits.

    1. And many altered it the other way also. Not wanting to offend those who were the ultimate feds who defeated their Homeland society.
      It works both ways. By that time the Union had been the arbitrators of the law for several decades. And they controlled the money.

    2. …how would we know either one of those things is true?
      …did families of these folks say they didn’t really mean what they said? …or something like that?

    3. “On the other hand, while Lomax was keenly sensitive to the importance of establishing adequate rapport with the aged informants, it does not appear that he seriously considered the possibility that black interviewers might accomplish this more effectively than white. Earlier evaluations of the Georgia narratives had reported that black interviewers appeared “able to gain better insight” than whites and that the interviews obtained by blacks were “less tinged with glamour.” Nevertheless, no special attempt was made to assign African Americans to this task, as had previously been done in Georgia, Florida, and several other states. Indeed, after the national office of the FWP began directing the project, the writers employed as interviewers were almost exclusively white–and it is probable that in many instances caste etiquette led ex-slaves to tell white interviewers “what they wanted to hear.” Lomax’s personal success in obtaining African-American folklore may have blinded him to the effects of the interviewer’s race on the interview situation.”

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