Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Women and the Changing Times]
“And that reminds me of a story I once heard of an old Negro woman who was walking along the road carrying a basket of clothes on her head.
After a while along came a man driving a team of mules hitched to a wagon. Feeling sorry for the old woman he asked her if she wouldn't like to have a ride. She replied: ‘Yassir, Boss, I sho would.’ With that she crawled up in the wagon. After driving a mile or so the man turned his head to make some remark to the woman and discovered that she was sitting flat on the floor of the wagon with the clothes still on her head.
‘Why don't you put the clothes down Mammy and rest your head?’ He asked solicitously. She an answered right up: ‘Lawsy, Boss, I's so grateful to have dis ride myself, cat I wouldn't think of imposing on you to carry my clothes.’
“We married when we were both quite young and we have four children - 2 girls and 2 boys, and they are all living. We lived on the farm for five years after we married and then moved to Covington, Georgia, where my husband had obtained work with a Furniture Manufacturing Company.
He received a good salary which enabled us to live very comfortably.
“Then the price of cotton, and in fact all farm products, dropped very low and as the farmers had little to spend,