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The speaker is a 52-year-old White woman with a college education from Newton, Kansas; she was recorded in 1968.
33:24-36:22



County: Harvey
State: KS

Commentary:
Newton, in central Kansas, is a community of more than 15,000 people today. The major industries are mobile home manufacturing and wheat cultivation. Newton is an important Kansas railroad center serviced by the Santa Fe line. The city has a college and several hospitals, of which one has been established by the large Mennonite population of Newton. In this excerpt the speaker is talking about her family vacation to the Bahamas.
Inf: We got into the dock at on uh, New Year's Eve, and the next day, early, we heard calypso music, and down the dock we saw a large group of coons, now, they call 'em coons there, and um, they were all dressed in red uniforms, and they're marching up and down, this is called a junkanoo and they weren't, they don't celebrate New Year's Eve, they celebrate New Year's Day. Well, this created a problem and nobody was even driving a taxi and we had to get to the little airport to leave. So Barbara called a friend who had a car and we did get there and get off, but it was something I never anticipated. But they celebrate, they march around and you couldn't get them to work that day for anything and they drink cheap rum and then they go keep picking up people and, and so on. And this, this goes on and on all day. So that was a, uh, a junkanoo and um, their way of celebrating. It's, it was interesting to me, um, since we are having racial problems in the United States; down there on the islands, there are Blacks and Whites. Now some islands are mixed and some are all White and some are all Black. And the ones that are all White, if you are Black, or a coon, you can come over and work. But come nighttime you have to go back to your island. So, but you don't hear about other countries' segregation. We blow everything up so big in this country, w-with our news media, I think, so, um, that's the way it is down there.

The um, book that we read before we went to the Bahamas, was Wind from the Carolinas, have you ever read that, Evelyn? Well, be sure and read it. She'll enjoy it. It explains how, um, uh, these Southerners who were um, [pause] well they, they left, you know, and went down there and tried t-, to uh, have their plantations after the Civil War. They didn't wanna stay. And um, so that is where a lot of these people on Green Turtle Cay came from. From the South. And, um, there's another book, called Out-Island Doctor, that I started to read and I, it's out of print and I didn't finish it, and I don't know, I hope I can find it again sometime. That is uh, the background of the, why there's coloreds and Whites. And I think the original people maybe were pirates and, and a lot of 'em have been run off. They t-told us that the governmen-, government in Nassau is pretty crooked. I kind of think that everybody pays in protective fees or something. And it's all English and uh, Tom, my son, had a lot of fun learning about English money, and he bought himself a five-pound note and Dad said, "Well you just get some money on that." He said, "Don't take that home with you." So he did.

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