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Copyright protected. Use of this item beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U. S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission of Delta State University is required to publish or reproduce. Contact University Archives, Delta State University, ( 662) 846- 4780. Mississippi Digital Library Identification: mcd. oh. deleware_ 349 Page 1 of 8 Interviewees: Mr. Delaware, Mr. Vonell, and Mr. John Toliver Interviewer: Ora Sanders Date: OS: This is Ora Sanders and I am sitting here with three gentlemen: Mr. Delaware, Mr. Vonell, and Mr. John... John Toliver. And, um, these three men have different views about slavery. Neither one of these men have been in slavery, but, they have information handed down to them from their ancestors. So, we will start with Mr. Delaware about, you know about the wages and the way they dressed and how they were treated in those days. MD: In those days, in those days when I was coming up, my grandfather, I remember him having some oxen plowing cotton cold.... and he would get on us boys and push for us like we weren't nobody's business. Make us get out there and pick up chunks, wood, old fields and have them oxen just, just gruntin'. He'd flex them whips, ya know he'd make them whips... ( unclear) OS: Umm- hmm MD: He'd go throw that whip up and down until that oxen fall over there, that old ox fall over there. He'd plow just like you plow a mule. That's right. OS: Okay, okay, Mr. Delaware, how old are you? MD: How old I am? Eighty one. OS: Okay, what year were you born in? MD: 1901. OS: Okay. MD: That's right, I was speaking ` bout my grandfather, you know them days he was way back yonder in eighteen and so, uh, he cleared wood up there at Shaw. 1918, 240 acres of land. And the town of Shaw was built right over from part of his land now. My uncles and them, log wagons, had log wagons. My grand daddy had two log wagons. He one row wagon and two log wagons. He had twenty six head of mules. He brought more children to Shaw Mississippi than any man ever, any one family ever been in Shaw, he brought 31 head of people there. Children. OS: Okay, your father had had this land in Shaw. Did the city of Shaw buy this land from your father or did they just build the houses on his land without his consent?
|Title||Oral History with Delaware, Vonell, and Toliver|
|Description||Transcription of an oral history interview conducted with three men, Delaware, Vonell and Toliver. These gentlemen discuss several issues, among them slavery and the Works Progress Administration (WPA).|
|Coverage (time period)||[1901-1982]|
United States. Works Progress Administration.
|Mississippi county||Bolivar County (Miss.)|
|Geographic location||Shaw (Miss.)|
|Format||Digital reproduction of a 8-page oral history transcript.|
Mississippi Digital Library. (electronic version)
Delta State University Archives and Museum.
|Contributors||Sanders, Ora.; Electronic version made available through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute for Museum and Library Services to the University of Southern Mississippi.|
|Rights||Copyright protected. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission of Delta State University is required to publish or reproduce. Contact University Archives, Delta State University, (662) 846-4780.|
|Contributing institution||Delta State University Archives and Museum, Delta State University.|
|Collection||Delta State University Oral History Collection.|
|Digital repository||Mississippi Digital Library.|
|Digital collection||Delta State University.|
|File size||115.273 KB|