Commentary by Vera Hall on her mother's death
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DescriptionVera Hall talks about her faith that God will provide her with what she needs. She only makes 7 dollars a week. She doesn't buy clothes, and has a doctor who treats her for free. Her mother passed away a year ago from a stroke. She had rheumatism for eight years before the stroke and was living with Vera. Her mother had a very large funeral and was loved by white and blacks alike. There is a radio transmission in the background of the beginning of this track. It was either on in the house or the signal bled into the recorder electrically. In these interviews and songs, recorded by Alan Lomax at his home in New York City, Vera Hall talks about her life and sings samples of songs. Lomax is joined by his wife Elizabeth, their daughter, and an unidentified couple, who can be heard throughout the session. -- Editor's Note These recordings of oral history, play songs, blues, spirituals, and stories were made in 1948 when Alan Lomax invited Vera Hall to come from her home in Livingston, Alabama, to New York City for a concert. Vera Hall's mother had been a slave, and Vera's date of birth was not recorded. Her artistry and repertoire were brought to John A. Lomax's attention by Ruby Pickens Tartt, a painter and folklorist from Livingston who introduced Vera and her cousin, Dock Reed, to him in 1937. The elder Lomax recorded her again in 1940, describing her as having "the...
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