Mike Genes

JAN 14 1938

Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson

Person interviewed: Mike Genes

Holly Grove, Ark.

Age: 72

"I heard folks talk is all I know bout slavery. I was born in Arkansas.

My mother was Sara Jane Whitley. My father was Genes. My mother

came here from Tennessee wid Henderson Sanders. I was raised on the

Duncan place. My mother raised us a heap like old times. I got fire

tongs now she had. She made ash cakes and we had plenty milk. I got her

old pot hooks too. She cooked cracklin' bread in the winter and black

walnut bread the same way. We made palings and boards for the houses and

barns. Jes gradually we gittin' away from all that. Times is changing so


"I heard 'em say in slavery they got 'em up fore day and they worked all

day. Some didn't have much clothes. I can remember three men twisting

plow lines. They made plow lines.

"I vote if I have a chance, but I really don't care bout it. I don't

know how to keep up to vote like it ought to be.

"This young generation may change but if they don't they air a knock

out. They do jes anyway and everyway. They don't save and cain't save it

look like, way we got things now. Folks don't raise nothin' and have to

buy so much livin' is hard. Folks all doin fine long as the cotton is to

pick. This is two reconstructions I been through. Folks got used to

work after that other one and I guess they have to get used to work

this time till it get better. I don't know what causes this spell of

hard times after the wars."

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