Author: Marietta Silver

PRIMARY DOCUMENT

“Interview with Susan Broaddus” (Date Unknown)

Susan Broaddus, a woman born into slavery, tells an interviewer from the Virginia Writers Project a memory about how she helped thwart her enslavers’ attempt to sell two enslaved men from her community. The editors of Weevils in the Wheat inserted comments in this transcription. Their bracketed comments have been included below. This interview, along with other Virginia Writers Project interviews, offer a composite portrait of interviewees’ self-styled personal stories. Interviewers’ interests, lived experiences, and editing choices, as well as their social relations and expectations shaped their relationship and conversation with the interviewees. Although the interviews aren’t unmediated autobiographies, they are no less authentic and are just as fruitful a source for reconstructing historical experience.