I Was Born in Slavery: Personal Accounts of Slavery in Texas

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When you think of early Texas history, you think of freedom fighters at the Alamo and rugged cowboys riding the plains. You usually don't think too much about slavery in the Lone Star State. Although slavery existed in Texas only from the second decade of the 19[superscript th] century to the close of the Civil War, the majority of early settlers came to Texas from other Southern states. When they moved westward, they brought their slaves with them. When the Federal Writers' Project sent interviewers across Texas...
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When you think of early Texas history, you think of freedom fighters at the Alamo and rugged cowboys riding the plains. You usually don't think too much about slavery in the Lone Star State. Although slavery existed in Texas only from the second decade of the 19[superscript th] century to the close of the Civil War, the majority of early settlers came to Texas from other Southern states. When they moved westward, they brought their slaves with them. When the Federal Writers' Project sent interviewers across Texas to find former slaves and document what their lives were like during slavery, they filed over 590 slave narratives, the largest collection of any state. The 28 selections in I Was Born in Slavery show that Texas slaves had their own distinctive voices, often colored by their Western culture. Lu Lee, who lived in what was then Cook County, describes seeing Indians pass by the house every day, observing droves of wild horses, and watching wolves grab "a big, good-sized calf in small time." James Cape, interviewed in Fort Worth, speaks affectionately about his favorite horse and tells about working as a cowhand for a cattle rustler before escaping to Missouri to work on Jesse James's farm. Sam Jones Washington, a slave on a ranch along the Colorado River, describes how he once diverted a cattle stampede. He ends his description by saying that "if them cattle stamp you to death, Gabriel sho' blow he horn for you then!" Along with descriptions of the frontier, the words of these slaves provide poignant insights into what it was like to live as a slave in this area. Through their voices, we are given a moving glimpse into an important part of American history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895872746
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Series: Real Voices, Real History Ser.
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,442,796
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
James Boyd 3
Lu Lee 9
James Cape 20
Betty Simmons 26
Sarah Ashley 31
Ben Simpson 36
Anderson and Minerva Edwards 41
Josephine Howard 49
Sam Jones Washington 52
Rosina Howard 57
Gus Johnson 60
Julia Frances Daniels 64
Jeptha "Doc" Choice 72
Millie Williams 79
Millie Ann Smith 84
Monroe Brackins 90
Laura Cornish 100
Anthony W. Lacy 106
Josephine Ryles 109
John Walton 113
Andy J. Anderson 116
Betty Farrow 123
Adline Marshall 128
Calvin Moye 132
Louise Mathews 142
Wash Ingram 150
Lucy Thomas 153
William Adams 159
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