:: Title :: Interview with Bessie Jones about her pregnancy
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie
Lomax, Alan
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Sea Islands, Georgia
:: Session :: Bessie Jones I 9/61
:: Date :: 9/24/1961
:: Reference Information :: T949.0, Track 5 (00:16:20)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - The second of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - When Jones was an adolescent, she did not care for boys. They were inconsiderate, and she preferred older men. She became pregnant at age 12 but did not know it until her mother realized it and told her she was "big," but she didn't understand. When she realized that a baby was coming, she hoped for a girl so she would have a companion to play with. Jones describes the attitude of her girl friends about her pregnancy. Carson, a white man, who was married with two children, wanted Jones and forced her to take medicine to destroy her fetus, but her mother protected her with double tansy tea and praying.
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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