Voices from Slavery: 100 Authentic Slave Narratives [NOOK Book]

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Vivid, first-person accounts of what it was like to be a slave in the antebellum South recounted in simple, often poignant language. Stark descriptions of the horrors of slave auctions, and many other unforgettable details of slave life. Accompanied by 32 compelling photographs and a new preface by the editor.
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Voices from Slavery: 100 Authentic Slave Narratives

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Overview


Vivid, first-person accounts of what it was like to be a slave in the antebellum South recounted in simple, often poignant language. Stark descriptions of the horrors of slave auctions, and many other unforgettable details of slave life. Accompanied by 32 compelling photographs and a new preface by the editor.
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KLIATT
Slave narratives, while not the only source for social historians studying 19th-century America, are certainly among the key primary sources. There were over 2000 antebellum slave narratives promoted and circulated by abolitionist groups before the Civil War. Narratives taken down after the Civil War, however, did not emerge in large numbers until the 1920s and '30s and even then were not published in accessible form until the civil rights era of the '60s and '70s. First published in the early 1970s and now reprinted, Voices from Slavery contains a selection of 100 of the more than 2300 narratives taken down in 1937 and 1938 by mostly untrained interviewers employed by the Writers' Project of the WPA. Those interviewed were, by that time, at least 85 years old. Despite the fact that their memories may have dimmed over time and despite the fact that the former slaves may have been trying to be polite to their (mostly) white interviewers, these narratives have become a central source of our knowledge of how it felt to be a slave. While some of the former slaves relate stories of good and kind owners, most of these narratives contain details of the brutality of the slavery system. They also contain details of black community life, of life in the Confederate Army for the slaves who accompanied their masters to the battlefield, and life in the Reconstruction South as the Ku Klux Klan dominated the daily life of the freed slaves. Few students will read this volume cover to cover, but a careful selection from the narratives would offer valuable insights into the world of slavery. Of special interest to teachers are the two essays at the end of the book, both by Yetman, tracing the background ofthe collection and the role of these slave narratives in the work of American social historians. Highly recommended. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1970, Dover, 398p, illus, notes, 23cm, 99-052280, $14.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Patricia A. Moore; Academic Resource Ctr., Emmanuel College, Boston, MA (retired), March 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 2)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486131016
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 2/16/2012
  • Series: African American
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 434
  • Sales rank: 294,297
  • File size: 1,001 KB

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