My Folks Don't Want Me to Talk about Slaveryby Hurmence
More than 2000 slave narratives are now housed in the Library of Congress. More than 170 interviews were conducted in North Carolina. Belinda Hurmence pored
Who could better describe what slavery was like than the people who experienced it? And describe it they did, in thousands of remarkable interviews sponsored by the Federal Writer's Project during the 1930's.
More than 2000 slave narratives are now housed in the Library of Congress. More than 170 interviews were conducted in North Carolina. Belinda Hurmence pored over each of the North Carolina narratives, compiling and editing 21 of the first-person accounts for this collection. These narratives, though artless in many ways, speak compellingly of the joys and sorrows, the hopes and dreams, of the countless people who endured human bondage in the land of the free.
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My Folks Don't Want Me To Talk About Slavery' is a book compiled of condensed life stories from former slaves who were still living in the 1930's.The interviewers were from the Federal Writers project, and they went around finding these old slaves and put on paper what they had to say! It was one old slave name Thomas, and he was so mad and upset at these white people for going around trying to get his story and others to. That he told them not to publish his words,but they did anyway.This collection proves that as foul as it was/is to own another human being, the reality of American slavery was far more complex than we can understand. I felt like the book could be more powerful then it was if they had black people interviewing these slaves. Or black people interviewing each other, that way they could have got more information and insite on slavery back then.I ask if u decided to read this book, please read it with an open mind, and most of all understanding.