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Audio Interviews With African American Former Slaves

Mrs. Laura Smalley
Recorded 1941

Mrs. Smalley was born into slavery on a plantation in Hempstead, Texas, at an undetermined date in the 1800s. In this portion of her interview, she talks about the Civil War, house and field slaves, the buying and selling of slaves, the whipping of slaves, and emancipation - which came later in Texas than in other slave states.

Recorded at her home in Hempstead, Texas in 1941. Interviewer is folklorist John Henry Faulk.

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