Coming Through: Voices of a South Carolina Gullah Community from WPA Oral Histories

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Kincaid Mills, Genevieve Chandler Peterkin, Aaron McCollough
Univ of South Carolina Press, 2008 - History - 391 pages
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Coming Through marks the first complete publication of these interviews with former slaves and their descendants living in the Waccamaw Neck region of South Carolina as collected by Genevieve W. Chandler as part of the WPA Federal Writers Project. Between 1936 and 1938 Chandler interviewed more than one hundred individuals in and around All Saints Parish, a portion of Horry and Georgetown counties located between the Waccamaw River and the Atlantic Ocean. Her subjects spoke freely with her on topics ranging from slave punishment to folk medicine, from conditions in the Jim Crow South to the exploits of Brer Rabbit. --from publisher description
  

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I found in this book, which I have yet to read completely, an answer to a query Russell Roby, M.D., posed to me ... what does the term "wedge" mean in the expression "dead as a wedge" ... for which there are many citations, most notably in Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer", but no explanation as to why a wedge as opposed to a doornail or some other object in a dead as expression. An explanation that floats my boat is on p.255. -jcw- scripsit 

Contents

List of Illustrations
vii
Welcome Bees
1
Louisa Brown
37
Martha Cox
56
Matthew Grant
70
Monday Samson Holmes
85
Bobbin Horry
113
Minnie Ladson Knox
198
Fred Poinsette
299
Sabe Rutledge
308
John Simmons
318
Claude Singleton
326
Boss Skinner
332
Lewis Small
339
Rebecca Washington
345
Willis Williams
352

Richard Knox
205
Thelma Knox
236
Cinchy Lance
266
Mike Maybank
276
William Oliver
283
Reverend Aaron Pinnacle
290
Appendixes
359
Henry Alsberg
367
Index 315
375
About the Authors
392
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About the author (2008)

Peterkin is a local historian and environmental activist.

Aaron McCollough was born in 1971 in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Tennessee. He has a BA from the University of the South (1994), an MA in English Literature from North Carolina State University (1998), an MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop (2001), as well as an MA and PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan (2002 & 2007 respectively). He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and teaches at the University of Michigan. In 2001, McCollough started the online poetry magazine GutGult. The magazine has published eight issues to date. McCollough still serves as its editor.

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