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A Comprehensive Name Index for The American Slave

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In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration began interviewing former slaves for their side of history, a project that would become one of the largest oral research projects on slavery. Forty years later, George P. Rawick compiled the thousands of interviews into the multi-volume series The American Slave. Published by Greenwood Press in the 1970s, the slave narratives have provided a valuable resource for historians and researchers, but they lacked a comprehensive name index. This volume indexes the slaves ...

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Overview

In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration began interviewing former slaves for their side of history, a project that would become one of the largest oral research projects on slavery. Forty years later, George P. Rawick compiled the thousands of interviews into the multi-volume series The American Slave. Published by Greenwood Press in the 1970s, the slave narratives have provided a valuable resource for historians and researchers, but they lacked a comprehensive name index. This volume indexes the slaves according to where they lived (as opposed to where they were interviewed), enabling researchers to locate slaves by state, county, or region, as well as by their master's name, their age, and the interviewer.

The ease of access provided by this index will aid researchers who wish to consider the slave experience in specific states or regions. It will help scholars trace migratory patterns from one region to another and enable genealogical researchers to locate specific individuals.

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Provides an index to the collection of thousands of interviews with former slaves, conducted primarily in the 1930s under the Works Progress Administration by Federal Writers Project fieldworkers. The Index is organized by county and state, narrator, master, interviewer, and narrator birth year. Slaves are indexed by where they lived, not where they were interviewed. The volume includes an informative foreword on the history of the project by Dr. Charles Joyner (Southern history, Coastal Carolina U.) as well as a brief introduction by compiler Howard E. Potts (political science and history, Waycross College, Georgia). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313292040
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1997
  • Pages: 424
  • Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

HOWARD E. POTTS is an Instructor of Political Science and History at Waycross College in Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

County and State Index

Narrator Index

Master Index

Interviewer Index

Narrator Birth Year Index

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