Author: Moble Hopson

PRIMARY DOCUMENT

“The story of ‘Uncle’ Moble Hopson” (1936)

Former slave Moble Hopson tells an interviewer from the Virginia Writers Project on November 28, 1936, about his family’s history, race, the Civil War, and the fall of Richmond. 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.

 

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