Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember - An Oral History

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In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration commissioned an oral history of the remaining former slaves. Bullwhip Days is a remarkable compendium of selections from these extraordinary interviews, providing an unflinching portrait of the world of government-sanctioned slavery of Africans in America. Here are twenty-nine full narrations, as well as nine sections of excerpts related to particular aspects of slave life, from religion to plantation life to the Reconstruction era. Skillfully edited, these ...
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Overview

In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration commissioned an oral history of the remaining former slaves. Bullwhip Days is a remarkable compendium of selections from these extraordinary interviews, providing an unflinching portrait of the world of government-sanctioned slavery of Africans in America. Here are twenty-nine full narrations, as well as nine sections of excerpts related to particular aspects of slave life, from religion to plantation life to the Reconstruction era. Skillfully edited, these chronicles bear eloquent witness to the trials of slaves in America, reveal the wide range of conditions of human bondage, and provide sobering insight into the roots of racism in today's society. "Remarkably articulate ... vivid, moving, and often beautifully cadenced." — The New Yorker "A rich source of cultural information.... Eloquent and important." — The New York Times
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Twenty-nine oral histories and additional excerpts, selected from 2000 interviews with former slaves conducted in the 1930s for a WPA Federal Writers Project, document the conditions of slavery that, Mellon maintains, lie at the root of today's racism,'' reported PW. Photos. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802138682
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 532,851
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 1.44 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2003

    a very good book in the telling of slave narratives

    this book is really a must read for anyone of any race of this world whose interested in learning how life in the most evil time in American History really was like as told from those who lived it everyday. forget ever reading a book on the subject of slavery by some historian or some professor,when you read this book you will learn a whole lot more. you'll even learn of things that you've probably never thought happened at that time. very eye opening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2002

    ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING!!!

    This was my introduction into slave narratives which are writings and interviews by and with slaves who were raised on plantations in the New World. This book is intriguing. The pages are DOG EARED! I read and reread often. I hope this publisher will publish more like this book!

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