The Breath of God: Black Voices From the Thirties Pauline Wright Nichols

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Published: 1979

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79 pages


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The Breath of God: Black Voices From the Thirties  by  Pauline Wright Nichols

The Breath of God: Black Voices From the Thirties by Pauline Wright Nichols
1979 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 79 pages | ISBN: | 4.64 Mb

Privately-printed edition of 1000 copies.These vignettes and anecdotes are the products of a storytelling tradition as old as the human race. They were told to my mother, Pauline Wright Nichols, by the various and sundry people who worked for herMorePrivately-printed edition of 1000 copies.These vignettes and anecdotes are the products of a storytelling tradition as old as the human race.

They were told to my mother, Pauline Wright Nichols, by the various and sundry people who worked for her over a period of years. Apparently she wrote them down soon after the telling, writing hastily, but with her artists attention to detail, on whatever paper was handy... They were recorded fondly and almost as faithfully as if the voices had been captured on magnetic tape. In a sense they are what is understood today as oral history, depicting the daily life and interests of certain people in a certain community in the little river town which was Baton Rouge prior to World War II.

They reflect a people largely unaffected by the Great Depression which afflicted the era....A native of Oxford, Mississippi, my mother was a professional artist who had come to Baton Rouge after marriage to my father, a professor of mathematics at Louisiana State University.... The principal voice is that of Annie, who played a very important role in the life of my family for many years....Although my mother was intensely interested in the daily life of Progress Park, she was prohibited by the nature of the times from experiencing it except in a quite limited way.

Somehow she knew, nonetheless, that these were times and people whose activities should be preserved. The vignettes set forth in this little volume are only some of an even larger group collected by my mother....Although wishing to remain as true to the original as possible, my editors and I have decided finally to simplify the original dialect and orthography for the eyes and ears of the contemporary reader.

The spirit of the tales and their ironic humor remain unchanged. It is my hope that the person reading these stories today will see in them not only the humor, but also the purposefulness, the courage, and the dignity which my mother saw in the lives recorded herein.



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