:: Title :: Story about a white beggar with no arms or legs
:: 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 VIII 10/61
:: Date :: 10/19/1961
:: Reference Information :: T965.0, Track 1 (00:05:16)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - 14 of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Bessie Jones recounts how in 1934 she saw a black man staring at white quadruple amputee begging from a little rolling cart (he had lost his limbs in a train wreck, she thinks). He gave the man four quarters on four separate occasions, explaining, "You're the only white man in the South I ever saw the way I wanted him to be [i.e., helpless]. If I had two dollars I would have given it to you - a quarter at a time." Bessie Jones thinks it was awfully cruel, but she laughs anyway.
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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