Federal Writers Project

The Washwoman

February 1, 1939 Sarah Hill (Negro) 157 Church Street Athens, Georgia Wash Woman Sadie B. Hornsby Dee, Bea, The Wash Woman When I reached Sarah’s house, and knocked at the front door, three voices greet me. “Here we is come “round to the back.” I made my way to the back yard, jumping a mud …

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Bargain House

February 16, 1939 J. Buford Dudley (white) 124 Thomas St. Athens, Ga. Merchant Grace McCune, writer As I walked down a side street in the business section of town, looking for something interesting to get a story about, a large sign swinging out in front of a store drew my attention. Fastened on a rod, …

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Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1940

These life histories were compiled and transcribed by the staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers’ Project for the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from 1936-1940. The Library of Congress collection includes 2,900 documents representing the work of over 300 writers from 24 states. Typically 2,000-15,000 words in length, the …

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