Collection American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940

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  • Page 1 of [Gardenia Banta]

    • Contributor: West, Dorothy - Banta, Mrs. Gardenia
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-08
  • Page 2 of [Gardenia Banta]

    • Contributor: West, Dorothy - Banta, Mrs. Gardenia
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-08
  • Page 3 of [Gardenia Banta]

    FOLKLORE NEW YORK FORM C Text of Interview (Unedited) STATE New York NAME OF WORKER Dorothy West ADDRESS 228 W. 22nd St. New York City DATE September 9, 1938 SUBJECT INTERVIEW WITH MRS. GARDENIA BANTA. You asking me all these things — just like little Johnny. Two little boys were playing together. Another little boy came up and said, "How old are you, Johnny?" ...

    • Contributor: West, Dorothy - Banta, Mrs. Gardenia
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-08
  • Page 4 of [Gardenia Banta]

    2 was supposed to be the Republicans, Lincoln's side, but the rebels were Democrats. They found the old man in the bushes starving to death. They tied him up by his thumbs 'till he died. But he got across in the first place. My mother told me all those things . She used to sing: Happy day when Elijah pray And the fire fell ...

    • Contributor: West, Dorothy - Banta, Mrs. Gardenia
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-08
  • Page 5 of [Gardenia Banta]

    3 ...Ain't she funny asking me all them foolish questions?... We played a ring game that went like this: You go round the mulberry tree And I'll go 'round the cherry. Hug her and kiss her And call her honey. Sometimes the game broke up when some of the children said their mamas didn't want them kissing. Did you ever hear of Fish-Tail? Well, ...

    • Contributor: West, Dorothy - Banta, Mrs. Gardenia
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-08
  • Page 6 of [Gardenia Banta]

    4 You could get all that stuff from old story books for little children. That would be easier. Once I had to give a speech to the Eastern Star (a fraternal organization for women). I had to tell about Prince Hall — It was the Prince Hall Chapter. I chopped up pieces of somebody's speech here and a speech there and then I put ...

    • Contributor: West, Dorothy - Banta, Mrs. Gardenia
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-08
  • Page 7 of [Gardenia Banta]

    5 a sack of hominy weighing 100 lbs.; 1/2 middle of bacon, 2 hams, and all things like that at one time. We had so much groceries, we had a regular storeroom for them. We didn't live in the country, either. We owned our own home in Savannah. Then my father bought a place in a section called Toll-Gate. It's in the city-limits now. ...

    • Contributor: West, Dorothy - Banta, Mrs. Gardenia
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-08
  • Page 8 of [Gardenia Banta]

    6 She was unable to find it.) You look it up. It was the time right after Benjamin Harrison's time. I've been a Republican all my life except for two terms when I worked with the Democrats. I helped take a census once, but that was politics. Our President just sail under the Democratic flag to be President. He's a Democrat in his heart ...

    • Contributor: West, Dorothy - Banta, Mrs. Gardenia
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-08
  • Page 9 of [Gardenia Banta]

    FOLKLORE NEW YORK FORM D Extra Comment STATE - New York. NAME OF WORKER - Dorothy West. ADDRESS - New York City. 228 W. 22nd St. DATE - September 9, 1938. SUBJECT - Interview with Mrs. Gardenia Banta. Mrs. Banta expressed an interesting and lengthy opinion on the current James J. Hines trial. In giving the resume of Mr. Hines' life and activities as ...

    • Contributor: West, Dorothy - Banta, Mrs. Gardenia
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-08