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Tom Hawkins – ‘She Beat On Them for Most Anything’

What follows is an interview of former slave, Tom Hawkins. It was conducted in 1938 as part of the Federal Writers' Project. Mr. Hawkins, interviewed in his mid to late 70s when he lived in Athens, Georgia. After a short introduction by the interviewer, Mr. Hawkins tells his own story. Tom

Henry McMillan – Successful Farmer Freed by Emancipation Proclamation

During the Civil War, the Federal government created the American Freedmen's Inquiry Commission. They were tasked with interviewing former slaves who had been set free by Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Over the course of several months, the AFIC commissioners traveled through the South and into Canada conducting their interviews. The

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