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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with John Thomas Moore, October 18, 2000. Interview R-0142. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

The steady decline of mankind

The devil caused Moore to fall and break his hip, Moore believes. He describes his conviction that the world is growing weaker and wilder, each generation worse than the next. He sees evidence of this devolution in the fashion and hairstyles of young people.

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Oral History Interview with John Thomas Moore, October 18, 2000. Interview R-0142. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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CHRISTOPHER WEBER:
Now the toes—when did that happen?
JOHN THOMAS MOORE:
First the toes, then the Devil made me fall and broke my hip. He's always trying to do something to hinder God's folk. From the beginning, God threw them out of heaven, he [unclear] , and it's been hell and damnation ever since. It's getting worse and worse and worse. People don't realize what's happening. God (assumes) the covenant, Devil's getting busier and busier. That's the reason the world is like it is today. It's going to get worse. You keep living, I keep living, we gonna see it. It's going to get worse and worse. It's terrible now, but it's going to be worse than it is now. We ain't going to be able to go out our doors after a while, it's going to be so bad. Anyway, that's what the Bible say. You read Revelation and go back to Daniel, go back to Genesis and it will tell you all about what's going to happen. There it is, right before your eyes. He said, "Each generation will get weaker and wilder." These young people are now doing any and everything. They're wearing clothes that you thought they would never wear. I've never known a man to have no braids in his hair—that's a sin. A woman has her glory: she's supposed to look nice and look good for you. But ain't no man supposed to have hair all long and caught down his back and all that. They don't like a natural man. They look like a woman, look like somebody out of his mind or crazy or something like that. [claps] But—this hair I got is the hair I was born with. My momma's daddy was an Indian chief; that's where I got my hair and that's why I look like I do.