Marjorie Jones interview with W. L. Bost

Marjorie Jones interview with W. L. Bost

Dates: 1937

Photocopy of a microfilmed copy of a typescript of an interview. Bost was interviewed by Marjorie Jones in 1937 as part of the Federal Writer's Project for the Works Progress Administration. The item includes handwritten corrections. Bost gives a detailed description of the slave trade and quotes the "speculator" (auctioneer). He also talks about "paddyrollers" (slave catchers), whippings, and scare tactics of the Ku Klux Klan. "I know folks think the books tell the truth, but they shore [sic] don't. Us poor ... [slaves] had to take it all."

  • Extent: 1 item (8 p.)
  • Creator: Bost, W. L.. -- Federal Writers' Project. -- Jones, Marjorie. -- United States. Works Progress Administration
  • Call Number: MSS 2883
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Interview must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 2883; Marjorie Jones interview with W. L. Bost; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 2883, LTPSC.
Custodial History
This item was photocopied from reel 79 of the 920 microfilm collection. SCM 000 323. Andronicus Publ. Co., 1941. Five reels of microfilm were purchased for $115 in 1971.
Acquisition Information
Purchased from; Andronicus Publ. Co.; 1971.
Subject Terms
Civic Activism; Politics, Government, and Law; Slavery--North Carolina; Slaves--Emancipation--North Carolina; Slaves--North Carolina--Interviews
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Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Jones (Marjorie) interview with W. L. Bost
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Rose Frank
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-12-29T04:10-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical/Historical note

Bost was a former slave living in North Carolina. He was 88 when he was interviewed.

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