WPA Life Histories from South Carolina

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These titles are mostly first-person accounts of life in South Carolina collected during the Great Depression. The WPA project categies include: AFRO-AMERICAN LIFE and BELIEFS AND CUSTOMS.

Subjects include: OCCUPATIONS, including agricultural workers, teachers, railroad workers, medical workers, clergy, textile workers, firefighters and unemployment; POLITICS, including elections and voting; LOCAL HISTORY, including the Civil War, World War I, the "Red Shirt" movement, slavery and former slaves; RACE RELATIONS, including lynching and the Klu Klux Klan; FOLKLORE, including dialect, ghost stories and superstititions, holiday customs and celebrations, and quilting; RELIGION AND MORES, including liquor, gambling, movies, birth control, manners, courtship and marriage and education; and DAILY LIFE, including home furnishings, clothing styles, automobiles and radio.

Places described include Charleston, Columbia, Edisto Land, Marion, and Winnsboro.

Interviews were conducted by project workers F. Donald Atwell, Genevieve Chandler, L. E. Cogburn, Annie Ruth Davis, W. W. Dixon, John L. Dove, John P. Farmer, Phoebe Faucette, Lucille Clarke Ford, Ruth D. Henderson, Mattie T. Jones, Verner Lea, Muriel A. Mann, Chlotilde R. Martin, David L. Methewes, Chalmers S. Murray, Martha S. Pinckney, D. A. Russell, Stiles M. Scruggs, Helen Shuler, Caldwell Sims, Cassells R. Tiedman, Elmer Turnage, Charles A. Von Ohsen, Bess Long Wilburn, Margaret Wilkinson, R. V. Williams and Rose D. Workman.

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