John Glover—Holy Rolling

Posted by Paul Rawlins on February 8, 2013 in Site

To hear John Glover tell it, there’s nothing like a good earthquake to improve public morals.

He explained in his interview with Federal Writers Project members how the earth thundered and rolled until folks thought the Judgment had come. People were praying, and the cows and chickens were making a racket. He said the world around him looked like a top spinning for what seemed like thirty minutes. And once it stopped, “We was all good bout two years after dat.”


From U.S., Interviews with Former Slaves, 1936-1938


You can learn how to discover what shook up your own ancestors at

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