DARE Interview : Brooklyn, Connecticut; Primary Informant CT020

  1. Arthur the Rat

  2. Full Interview 1

  3. Full Interview 2

  • 1969
  • Informant Data:
  • CT020: Black; female; age: 82 (old); education: college; community type: village
  • Media Files:
  • Arthur the Rat. Speaker: CT020 (4:38) [Frequent loud road noise]
  • Full Interview 1 (Tape 0209-S1).
  • Content:
  • 00:15 Tells of Miss Prudence Crandall's private school for Blacks in 1832, and town resistance
  • 05:20 School cut off from supplies by ostracism, well poisoned, teacher's house destroyed
  • 08:40 Miss Crandall moves West (with husband?). Pension from town years later
  • 11:25 Black education in early 19th century. Talking to people who knew Miss Crandall
  • 15:00 Her work as historian of Miss Crandall, interviewing acquaintances and tracing places she lived
  • 19:15 Miss Crandall a spiritualist, Informant's interaction with other spiritualists
  • 24:30 Psychic experiences, dead sister helps her to find a cave when she needs one
  • 27:10 Her Indian blood, uncertainty about whether psychic power comes from God or devil
  • 30:10 Danger of wishing ill on others, of black magic
  • 32:20 Tape end
  • Full Interview 2 (Tape 0209-S2).
  • Content:
  • 00:10 Use of psychic power, man protecting house with magic powder and wishing a judge dead
  • 03:35 Father was a slave, came north with Union Army. Grandmother was an Indian
  • 06:50 Role of faith in her life; asking cat for food and it comes
  • 10:50 Power of animals, time she was attacked by a pack of dogs
  • 15:50 Arthur the Rat
  • 20:40 Family uncomfortable with Indian heritage, so she doesn't know what tribe she is
  • 24:30 Stories of her grandmother's
  • 27:35 Cheated by her lawyer out of compensation after dog attack
  • 30:00 Story of an adulterer shunned in strict church
  • 32:30 Tape end


Goldberg, David
  • 1969
  • Dictionary of American Regional English
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