Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation (with MP3 Audio CD)

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In 1998, The New Press published Remembering Slavery, a book-and-tape set that offered a startling first-person history of slavery. Using excerpts from the thousands of interviews conducted with ex-slaves in the 1930s by researchers working with the Federal Writers’ Project, the astonishing audiotapes made available the only known recordings of people who actually experienced enslavement—recordings that had gathered dust in the Library of Congress until they were rendered audible for the first time specifically for this set.

Remembering Slavery received the kind of commercial attention seldom accorded projects of this nature—nationwide critical and review coverage as well as extensive coverage on prime-time television, including Good Morning America, Nightline, CBS Sunday Morning, and CNN. The tapes have been aired repeatedly on public radio stations across the country. Reviewers called the set “chilling … [and] riveting” (Publishers Weekly) and “something, truly, truly new” (The Village Voice).

Now this groundbreaking set is available for a new generation of readers and listeners, offering remastered compact discs in MP3 format of the extensive original live recordings of interviews with former slaves.

*The audio for this new edition is on MP3 compact discs. MP3 audio books on compact disc can be played on newer CD players that support MP3 technology and accept a 4.75”-diameter disc and on any personal computer that has Microsoft’s Media Player or similar software.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This project will enrich every American home and classroom."
Publishers Weekly

"As vital and necessary a historical document as anyone has ever produced in this country."
The Boston Globe

"Moving recollections fill a void in the slavery literature."
The Washington Post Book World

"Ira Berlin’s fifty-page introduction is as good a synthesis of current scholarship as one will find, with fresh insights for any reader."
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Chicago Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595582287
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 359
  • Sales rank: 983,610
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ira Berlin is the author of Many Thousands Gone, which won both the Bancroft Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Steven F. Miller is co-editor of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project and was co-editor with Berlin of Free at Last. Marc Favreau is the editorial director of The New Press. Robin D. G. Kelley is Professor of History and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.
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Table of Contents

Foreword     vii
Preface     xi
Introduction: Slavery as Memory and History     xv
Editorial Method     xlxi
The Faces of Power: Slaves and Owners     3
Work and Slave Life: "From Can to Can't"     71
Family Life in Slavery: "Our Folks"     121
Slave Culture: "honest and fair service to the Lord and all mankind everywhere"     165
Slaves No More: Civil War and the Coming of Freedom     209
"Remembering Slavery": The Radio Documentary     279
Recordings of Slave Narratives and Related Materials in the Archive of Folk Culture, Library of Congress     335
Suggestions for Further Reading     339
Short Titles Used in Notes     343
Notes     345
Afterword     349
Index     353
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