Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Excerpt of a Conversation with Nettie Featherston.

I was reading about the FSA photographers and ran into this wonderful website. Included on it are a lot of great interview clips with people pictured in many of the most famous 'Face of the Depression' era images.

Unfortunately, I can't embed the video, but there's a link to her specific conversation: here

And below, a transcript from the interview, but please, her voice, go listen:

"Oh, it was terrible. And when you didn't have hardly nothing to eat, and your kids would cry for something to eat and you couldn't give it. We was living in a little old two-room house. And we cooked with black-eyed peas until I never wanted to ever see another black-eyed pea. I just prayed and prayed and prayed all the time that God would take care of us and not let my children starve…

"I must have said, 'Well, if we're dead, we're just dead.' That's all I can remember because I don't remember talking to her [the photographer Dorothea Lange]…

"I never once thought about living this long [81 years in 1979]. Well, I just didn't think we'd survive. You want to know something we're not living much better than we did, as high as everything is, than we did then…

"Seems like I'm not satisfied. I have too much on my mind. It seems like I have more temptations put on me than anyone. Course, that's what the Bible said, that's the way we'd be tried out. And every time I ask God to remove this awful burden off of my heart, he does."

The entire website: here

Update: Oh, I'm so behind. Apparently, you can find these interviews practically everywhere. But that's where I found them, if you're curious.


Anonymous said...

this is my grandma! im proud to have her as part of my family!

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