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Nearly all of the interviewers were white southerners and most of them were women. Far too often the tone and even the content of the interv...

Nearly all of the interviewers were white southerners and most of them were women. Far too often the tone and even the content of the interv...

Old Sibby, midwife, Glynn County Georgia, ca. 1934  Vanishing Georgia collection

Old Sibby, midwife, Glynn County Georgia, ca. 1934 Vanishing Georgia collection

Celia, A Slave, Trial (1855) For nineteen-year-old Celia, a Slave on a Missouri farm, five years of being repeatedly raped by her middle-aged owner was enough.  On the night of June 23, 1855, she would later tell a reporter, "the Devil got into me" and she fatally clubbed her master as he approached her in her cabin.  The murder trial of the slave Celia, raised questions about the rights of Slaves to fight back against the worst of Slavery's abuses.  Celia died on the gallows Dec. 21, 1855.

Celia, A Slave, Trial (1855) For nineteen-year-old Celia, a Slave on a Missouri farm, five years of being repeatedly raped by her middle-aged owner was enough. On the night of June 23, 1855, she would later tell a reporter, "the Devil got into me" and she fatally clubbed her master as he approached her in her cabin. The murder trial of the slave Celia, raised questions about the rights of Slaves to fight back against the worst of Slavery's abuses. Celia died on the gallows Dec. 21, 1855.

Nurse midwife Maude Callen with a child, 1951, W Eugene Smith from his midwife series

Nurse midwife Maude Callen with a child, 1951, W Eugene Smith from his midwife series

George Harris of Barbour County, AL, 1930s-1941 Harris was a "Jack of all trades" working as a brick mason, carpenter, and painter.

George Harris of Barbour County, AL, 1930s-1941 Harris was a "Jack of all trades" working as a brick mason, carpenter, and painter.

Clarence Bloomfield Moore, 1895, ‘Fleurs d’oranger’, Expostition d’Art Photographique, 1895 / USA

Clarence Bloomfield Moore, 1895, ‘Fleurs d’oranger’, Expostition d’Art Photographique, 1895 / USA

Zuma, a Nupe, was on the Clotilda, the last recorded slave ship to arrive in the U.S.A. during the illegal slave trade. With 109 companions from Benin and Nigeria, she landed in Mobile, Alabama, in July 1860.

Zuma, a Nupe, was on the Clotilda, the last recorded slave ship to arrive in the U.S.A. during the illegal slave trade. With 109 companions from Benin and Nigeria, she landed in Mobile, Alabama, in July 1860.

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