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Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves created by the W.P.A. As part of the New Deal National Writers Project in 1937, journalist Alfred Menn interviewed formerly enslaved persons and transcribed their narratives, which produced a volume of over 300 pages. The narratives recount the lives of people, some very old at the time of their interviews, many of whom had toiled in the fields and worked as craftsmen or domestic servants.
The 1928 Austin city plan (also known as the 1928 Austin master plan) was commissioned in 1927 by the Austin City Council. It was developed by consulting firm Koch & Fowler, which presented the final proposal early the next year. The major recommendations of this city plan related to Austin's street plan, its zoning code, and the development of major industries and civic features, but it is most remembered for institutionalizing housing segregation by designating East Austin as the city's "negro district". Koch & Fowler submitted their finished proposal to City Council in January 1928, in a document titled "A City Plan for Austin, Texas". The 80-page report included a large section on the development of the city's street plan, another on the design and placement of municipal parks and other urban green spaces, and a number of shorter sections on other public amenities such as public schools, cemeteries, fire stations, and a proposed civic center. Other sections discuss the development of the city's railroad and streetcar networks, the desirability of a municipal airport, the establishment of a new municipal zoning code and rules for land subdivision, and the city's integration into the development of the surrounding region. Creation of the Negro District on the land targeted in the 1928 Master Plan was enforced by the city’s land use regulation. The legalized segregation of African Americans by the 1928 Master Plan evolved into the effective and real segregation of African Americans and Latinx people in East Austin. The "pull" incentives recommended in the city plan were complemented by "push" incentives when the city avoided extending the sewer system or paved roads into the existing freedmen communities elsewhere in Austin, and real estate "redlining" also pushed African Americans east of the central city. By 1932 almost all of the city's black residents had relocated to East Austin, and the other black communities across the city had largely disappeared. This pattern of racial housing segregation persists in Austin to the present day.
History is My Home: A survey of Texas Architectural Styles is a series of three filmstrip courses produced by the Texas State Historical Association in 1980. The three parts are: European Origins and the Early 19th Century, The Victorian Period, and The Twentieth Century. Along with three 35mm filmstrips and three audio cassettes, this course kit comes with study guides and brochures. As a whole, the series explains major architectural influences on buildings in Texas (with many examples from Austin), making the case that a lot can be learned about the history of Texas by understanding where the architectural styles came from and why they became dominant. First developed in the 1940’s, the filmstrip was a classroom educational technology that was comprised of a small roll of 35mm film that would be advanced one frame at a time through a projector, along with an audio recording that narrated the lesson. Filmstrip became an alternative to the more expensive 16mm educational films until it was replaced by videocassettes in the 1990s. You can read more about the history and technology of filmstrips here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filmstrip Unfortunately the Austin History Center does not have the equipment necessary to be able to view filmstrip programs. Additionally, the History is My Home filmstrips are beginning to deteriorate with the distinct beginnings of vinegar syndrome. So in the interest of access and digital preservation, the each frame of the filmstrips was scanned and the audio cassettes digitized to create a video representation of what it would be like to watch this form of instructional media. The three filmstrips in this course are combined into one video, but the table of contents below will allow viewers to select topics that might interest them.