A Good copy in tan cloth darkened at the spine. The binding is sound and the text is clean. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: These Are Our Lives
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: 1939
Book Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1939. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good+. First Edition. (no dust jacket) [good sound copy, no significant wear, some light spotting/soiling to top of text block, a light stain on the rear cover adjacent to the spine, discoloration to front endpapers (probably from a laid-in newspaper article, now vanished)]. First-person narratives gathered by WPA writers in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia; an early example of oral history focusing on regular people. There are a total of 35 individual "life histories," divided into four categories: On the Farm; In Mill Village and Factory; In Service Occupations; On Relief. The subjects include sharecroppers and farm owners (both white and black); mill- and factory-workers in various industries; a country doctor; a Negro dentist; a Justice of the Peace; a white girl lunch counter attendant; a Negro bootblack; people in a river-bottom shanty town; and a "CCC boy" nicknamed Weary Willie. The back of the book contains "Instructions to Writers," laying out the methodology to be used in collecting these life histories. Interestingly, each piece is attributed to the writer or writers who conducted the interviews; most of the names are not well-known, although there are contributions from Ida Moore, Bernice Kelly Harris, and James R. Aswell (the latter being by far the most-often credited). Seller Inventory # 23132