The meaning of the word "budget" in this paragraph from the Federal Writers...

The meaning of the word "budget" in this paragraph from the Federal Writers Program Slave Narratives:
"The Federals had been coming by, even before Old Master came home. They all came by, carrying their little "budgets," and if they were walking they'd look in the stables for a horse or mule, and they just took what they wanted of corn or livestock. They did the same after Master Bob come home. He just said, 'Let them go their way, because that's what they're going to do, anyway.' We were more scared of them than we were of the devil. But they spoke right kindly to us colored folks. They said, 'If you got a good master and want to stay, well, you can do that, but now you can go where you want to, because nobody is going to stop you.'

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2 months ago #2
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Tony:

I'm looking into your query and will get back to you on this as soon as possible.

Thanks for your patience!

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2 months ago #3
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Thank you. Over the past few years I have been editing the Federal Writers Project 1937 Slave Narratives, converting them into standard English. I am also looking for a publisher and so far have only met rejections. Would you have any leads?

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Tony:

I've read many of the "Slave Narratives" and found them both compelling and educational - thank you for your efforts in making this possible.

Personally I don't know of any publishers but perhaps someone else on our Forum might know of a connection or possible lead. I would only suggest Tony that you not give up, as trite as that might sound, as your work is important and I'm certain that someone in the literary world will eventually open their doors.

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Tony:

I haven't been able to find the meaning of the word "budget" in the paragraph you mentioned, so I sent this query to the Library of Congress and have just heard back from their librarian:

Thank you for contacting the Library of Congress. The following is in response to your inquiry.

"The definition of the term "budgets" in the context of an interview of an ex-slave may need more consideration of the time of the interview, the interviewer and the state in which the interview was conducted. Therefore, we recommend a review of the administrative files to help provide a better scope and depth of how the term/word may be used.

A link to the administrative files can be found on this page: < https://www.loc.gov/collections/slave-narratives-from-the-federal-writers-project-1936-to-1938/about-this-collection/ >."

I wish I could be of more help but this is all I've been able to come up with, thus far.

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2 months ago #6
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I do very much appreciate your interest and the time you took. I am familiar with the "Administrative Page." That page tells about the process of recording the interviews. It wouldn't deal with specific terms. (I can't say that I put too much faith in the gov't worker who answered your question.) But, you've given me an idea. The NY Library once had an answer desk. I'll give them a try during the week.

Thank you.

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Tony:

Sorry I couldn't be of more help and I suspected that you might be familiar with the "Administrative Page."

If you do find an answer to your query through the N.Y. library, I would be most appreciative if you would drop by and let me know, as this one has me completely stumped!

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Just regarding the search for a publisher, why not write to a few of the known ones? Try Googling "Civil War book publishers"
Here are a few that I found that accept unsolicited submissions (or accept inquiries): http://www.savasbeatie.com/submissions.htm http://www.westholmepublishing.com/submissions.php https://www.butternutandblue.com/about.html https://ospreypublishing.com/contact-us/

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2 months ago #9
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THank you,

At present I've heard from the University of Cincinnati.

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