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Guitarist in Eatonville, Florida

1930s Florida Folklife {format} 22:20 Barrett Golding

1930s WPA recordists (among them, author Zora Neale Hurston) hauled a portable disc-recorder across Florida, from the Cross City turpentine camps near to the Clara White Mission soup kitchen in Jacksonville, gathering the musics of the region. A document of the depression era African-American life and culture. The Library of Congress archival recordings, from the American Folklife Centerís Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections, are narrated by recording-expedition leader Stetson Kennedy. [transcript]

Broadcast: Feb 1 2002 on NPR All Things Considered Subjects: Music, Business, Cultural, Labor