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My Remembers: a Black Sharecropper's Recollections of the Depression

Description: From book jacket: "I grow up a dirt farmer and retired a dirt farmer. Never got rich and didn't want to be. My childhood stomping ground is now concrete, stores and houses. I remember the good times and bad. It was not the money we made but how to stretch that last dime. It was not the wind, rain or snow. It was about the love that flow. It was not the hot sunshine nor the clouds that hung low. It was the grace of God that help us swang that hoe. I want my grandchildren to understand. My grands, your grands and their grands." In 1929, near Plano, Texas, Eddie Stimpson, Jr., weighing 15-1/2 pounds, was born to a 19-year-old father and a 15-year-old mother. The boy, his two sisters and mother all "grew up together," with the father sharecropping along the old Preston Road, the route used by many freedmen trying to escape Texas after the Civil War. His childhood was void of luxuries, but full of country pleasures. The editors have retained the simplicity of Stimpson's folk speech and spelling patterns, allowing the good-natured humility and wisdom of his personality to shine through the narrative. "Tough time never last," he writes, "but tough people all way do." The details of ordinary family life and community survival include descriptions of cooking, farming, gambling, visiting, playing, doctoring, hunting, bootlegging, and picking cotton, as well as going to school, to church, to funerals, to weddings, to Juneteenth celebrations. This book will be of extraordinary value to folklorists, historians, sociologists, and anyone enjoying a good story. "My spelling is bad, my hand writing is bad, and my language is bad," Stimpson writes. "But my remembers is still in tack."
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Date: January 15, 1999
Creator: Stimpson, Eddie, Jr.
Item Type: Book
Partner: UNT Press

Diamond Bessie & The Shepherds

Description: This volume of the Publications of the Texas Folklore Society contains popular folklore of Texas, including folk dramas, myths, folk music, stories about farming and agriculture, religious folk stories, and information about folk customs, dances and folk art. The index begins on page 157.
Date: 1972
Creator: Hudson, Wilson M.
Item Type: Book
Partner: UNT Press

What's Going On? (In Modern Texas Folklore)

Description: This volume of the Publications of the Texas Folklore Society contains "a collection of essays by contemporary folklorists who are writing about the customs and traditions and the songs and the stories that are going on now" (inside the front cover). The volume includes information about the folklore of cowboys, rodeos, chain letters and marijuana, as well as information about country, swing and gospel music. The index begins on page 301.
Date: 1976
Creator: Abernethy, Francis Edward
Item Type: Book
Partner: UNT Press

The Sunny Slopes of Long Ago

Description: This volume of the Publications of the Texas Folklore Society contains popular folklore of Western America, including ballads, cowboy stories, myths, folk songs and other miscellaneous folklore. The index begins on page 201.
Date: 1966
Creator: Hudson, Wilson M.
Item Type: Book
Partner: UNT Press

Legendary Ladies of Texas

Description: This volume of the Publications of the Texas Folklore Society includes "a study of Texas women and the conflicting images and myths that have grown up about them" (back cover). The index begins on page 225.
Date: 1994
Creator: Abernethy, Francis Edward
Item Type: Book
Partner: UNT Press

Features and Fillers: Texas Journalists on Texas Folklore

Description: This volume of the Publications of the Texas Folklore Society contains popular folklore of Texas, including information about animals, folk music, weather lore, folk beliefs, legends, folk medicine, poetry and other folktales. The index begins on page 229.
Date: 1999
Creator: Harris, Jim
Item Type: Book
Partner: UNT Press

The Folklore of Texan Cultures

Description: This volume of the Publications of the Texas Folklore Society contains popular folklore of various ethnic and religious groups residing in Texas, including songs, myths, legends, and other essays. The index begins on page 363.
Date: 1974
Creator: Texas Folklore Society
Item Type: Book
Partner: UNT Press