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On My Own (DVD)
The Traditions of Daisy Turner
Daisy Turner; Jane Beck, ed.; Wes Graff, ed.




Vermont Folklife Center
1986 •
Memoir / African-American Studies


$14.95 Video, 978-0-916718-31-2



At 102, Daisy Turner recalls her childhood in Vermont and stories of her parents told to her about life during the Civil War era

On My Own presents the recollections of 102-year-old Daisy Turner, a remarkable African-American woman whose family settled in Grafton, Vermont after the Civil War. Her strong voice holds the viewer and belies her years. In the documentary, she vividly recounts stories told to her by her father about Civil War battles and soldiers, and his journey to freedom in the North. She also recalls her own experiences as one of thirteen children growing up in the late 19th and early 20th century in a rural Yankee community, and her family's efforts to overcome discrimination. Her stories, poems, and recitations weave a spellbinding narrative of courage and fortitude.



DAISY TURNER (June 21, 1883 – February 8, 1988) was born in Grafton, Vermont to Alex and Sally Turner, freed slaves. She was famous for her oral recordings of her family's history, which can be traced back to Africa and England. JANE C. BECK is author of several books and served as the Executive Director of The Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, Vermont.



Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:28:15 -0500