I was appalled by the ignorance of these people 70 years after gaining their freedom! I am not equating ignorance with stupidity ; most of the respondents were able to give intelligent answers even at their advanced ages. I was, and am, very surprised that these former slaves had to keep themselves "under the radar" of white people to be safe, even long after slavery was abolished! Some of these narrators stated that their lives had been better when they were slaves. I now can completely understand them. At least their masters, for the most part, did protect them, even if only as an investment. I have a better idea of the reality of their feelings of hopelessness and helplessness for being thrust into life with few if any survival skills. I believe the majority of them lived the rest of their lives just trying to stay alive!