Interview: Bessie Yancey, March 13, 1984

Title

Interview: Bessie Yancey, March 13, 1984

Subject

African Americans--Southern States.
Traditional farming
African Americans--Employment.
United States--Race relations.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social conditions.
African Americans--Recreation
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social life and customs.
African Americans--Social conditions.
African Americans--Social life and customs.
African American churches
African Americans--Religion.
Migration, Internal.

Description

Born in Boykins, Virginia, Bessie Yancey (1898-1897) grew up on a farm where her family raised a variety of crops, including cotton and sugar corn. Yancey was the seventh of twelve children. During World War I when her older brothers went to fight in Europe, Bessie and her sisters and younger brothers worked the farm with their father. Disliking the corrupt business dealings her father encountered as a Black man in the South, she left for Philadelphia in 1918. There she worked as nursemaid for a White family and was an active member of a church.

Date

1984-03-13

Format

audio

Identifier

2014OH192GN044

Interviewer

Charles Hardy

Interviewee

Bessie Yancey

Interview Keyword

Domestic work
Domestic workers
African American families
World War, 1914-1918
Race discrimination.

Files

Bessie-OH.jpg


Citation

“Interview: Bessie Yancey, March 13, 1984,” Goin' North, accessed December 16, 2019, http://goinnorth.org/items/show/1075.