WPA Life Histories from Alabama

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These titles are mostly first-person accounts of life in Alabama collected during the Great Depression. The WPA project categories include: INDUSTRY, COMMERCE AND LABOR and AFRO-AMERICAN LIFE.

Subjects include: AGRICULTURE, including markets, prices, dairy, turpentine and fishing (recreation); RELIGION, including beliefs and wedding and funeral customs; DAILY LIFE, including pets, home furnishings, thefts, New Deal politics, mortgages and food; and OCCUPATIONS, including physicians, truck drivers and odd jobs handymen.

Interviews were conducted by project workers William P. Burke, Mary Chappell, Luther Clark, John R. Estes, Lawrence F. Evans, Covington Hall, Woodrow Hand, Helen S. Hartley, Vera L. Henry, Rhussus L. Perry, Ila B. Prine, Marie Reese, Ruby Pickens Tartt, Mildred Thrash, and Annie Webb.

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