Category Archives: Verbatim

In their own words (includes Federal Writers’ Project oral histories)

Verbatim: Philles and William (“Dis Old Woman” and “Dat Old Cuss”)

In the late 1930s interviewers of the Federal Writers’ Project interviewed ex-slaves, among them Philles and William Thomas of Fort Worth, who had married in Galveston about 1879 when William was, in Philles’s words, a “dock walloper” (dock worker). When … Continue reading

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