Category: Black Belt

The swath of formerly rich farmland from Meridian, Mississippi to Tuskegee, Alabama. So-called for its black soil and for its slave-holding plantations

#throwbackthursday: “Weren’t No Good Times”

Attending Sylviane Diouf’s lecture about the Clotilda at Troy University last week got me thinking about Randall Williams’ collection of Alabama slave narratives Weren’t No Good Times. When I worked at NewSouth Books in the early 2000s, I and another employee spent hours going through the Library of Congress’s collection of slave narratives to cull the ones from Alabama for Randall to consider including. It was a slow and time-consuming process, but it constituted the first step in my education about American slavery, reading narrative after narrative day after day. Though I can’t take credit for this book, I’m thankful and pleased to have worked on it, and recommend it highly, especially to readers living in Alabama where these descriptions occurred.


 

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