Friday, September 26, 2014

71. Interview with Katherine van Wormer, co-author of The Maid Narratives. Part 2.

71.  Part 2 of our interview with Katherine van Wormer, co-author of The Maid Narratives.  She and her co-writers have traveled through Iowa interviewing African-American women who moved there from the South and worked as domestics -- maids, cooks, etc.  We focus on the women from Louisiana who moved there and discuss the ways their lives changed and the ways they didn't.  We especially talk about Irene Williams, who moved to Iowa from the North Louisiana towns of Springhill and Minden.
  1. This week in Louisiana history.  Sept. 28 1868 The Opelousas Massacre occurred in Louisiana in which an estimated 200 to 300 black Americans were killed
  2. This week in New Orleans history.  Sept. 27, 1902. New Orleans streetcar employees strike for 8-hr days and 25 cent per hour minimum wage.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Tangipahoa Parish Fair "The Oldest Fair in the State"
    October 1st, 2014 - October 5th, 2014
    Tangipahoa Parish Fair Grounds
    404 Reid Ave., Amite, LA 70422
    800-542-7520
    http://tangifair.org/
    Arts & Crafts, Live Music, Pioneer Town, Indian Village, School Exhibits, Carnival Rides and Livestock Show. Come on out for a "Good ole Time"!
    Arts & Crafts, Live Music, Pioneer Town, Indian Village, School Exhibits, Carnival Rides and Livestock Show. Come on out for a "Good ole Time"! - See more at: http://www.louisianatravel.com/la-events/tangipahoa-parish-fair#sthash.yOcvfjDu.dpuf
    Arts & Crafts, Live Music, Pioneer Town, Indian Village, School Exhibits, Carnival Rides and Livestock Show. Come on out for a "Good ole Time"! - See more at: http://www.louisianatravel.com/la-events/tangipahoa-parish-fair#sthash.yOcvfjDu.dpufdd
  4. Battle of New Orleans  September 21, 1814.   NO. XVI
    PROCLAMATION.

    Head-quarters, seventh military district,
    Mobile, September 21st, 1814.
    Louisianians!
    The
    base, the perfidious Britons have attempted to invade your country — they had the temerity to attack fort Bowyer with their incongruous horde of Indians and negro assassins — they seemed to have forgotten that this fort was defended by freemen — they were not long indulged in their error — the gallant Lawrence, with his little spartan band, has given them a lecture that will last for ages; he has taught them what men can do when fighting for their liberty, when contending against slaves. He has convinced sir W. H. Percy that his companions in arms are not to be conquered by proclamations; that the strongest British bark is not invulnerable to the force of American artillery, directed by the steady nervous arm of a freeman.
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