Born a Slave

Born a Slave : Portraits of Ex-Slaves

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BORN A SLAVE - Portraits of Ex-Slaves - An Introduction to the Slave Narratives From The Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938. Fragments of the Narratives complimented with a Photograph of the ex-slave giving testimony of their days in bondage. In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration sponsored a Federal Writers' Project dedicated to chronicling the experience of slavery as remembered by former slaves. African-American men and women born into slavery were interviewed. Their stories were recorded and transcribed. Over 2,300 former slaves from across the American South were interviewed by writers from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Federal Writers' Project. These ex-slaves provided first-hand accounts of their experiences and knowledge of life on southern plantations. Their narratives remain a potent resource for understanding how America's slaves lived and died. These fragments of slave life offer a broad view of slavery in North America, allowing readers to explore and research areas of slavery such as work, sickness, punishments, resistance, escape, family life, food, marriage, relationships with masters, overseers and religious beliefs. Before the American Civil War, some authors wrote fictional accounts of slavery to create support for abolitionism. The prime example is Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The success of her novel and the social tensions of the time brought a response by white southern writers, such as William Gilmore Simms and Mary Eastman, who published what were called anti-Tom novels. Both kinds of novels were bestsellers in the 1850s. A total of about 600,000 enslaved people were imported into the Thirteen Colonies and the U.S, constituting 5% of the twelve million enslaved people brought from Africa to the Americas. The great majority of enslaved Africans were transported to sugar colonies in the Caribbean and to Brazil. Some reports have estimated that close to two million slaves were brought to the American South from Africa and the West Indies during the centuries of the Atlantic slave trade. Approximately 20% of the population of the American South over the years has been African American, and as late as 1900, 9 out of every 10 African Americans lived in the South. Slave and ex-slave narratives are important not only for what they tell us about African American history and literature, but also because they reveal to us the complexities of the dialogue between whites and blacks in this country in the last two centuries, particularly for African Americans. The Library of Congress offers its online collection of more than 2300 interview transcripts. The site also contains pictures and sound recordings related to the Federal Writers' Project. In total there are now 33 volumes of the slave narratives. Slave Narrative Volumes 1.Alabama Narratives 2.Arkansas Narratives, Part 1 3.Arkansas Narratives, Part 2 4.Arkansas Narratives, Part 3 5.Arkansas Narratives, Part 4 6.Arkansas Narratives, Part 5 7.Arkansas Narratives, Part 6 8.Arkansas Narratives, Part 7 9.Florida Narratives 10.Georgia Narratives, Part 1 11.Georgia Narratives, Part 2 12.Georgia Narratives, Part 3 13.Georgia Narratives, Part 4 14.Indiana Narratives 15.Kansas Narratives 16.Kentucky Narratives 17.Maryland Narratives 18.Mississippi Narratives 19.Missouri Narratives 20.North Carolina Narratives, Part 1 21.North Carolina Narratives, Part 2 22.Ohio Narratives 23.Oklahoma Narratives 24.South Carolina Narratives, Part 1 25.South Carolina Narratives, Part 2 26.South Carolina Narratives, Part 3 27.South Carolina Narratives, Part 4 28.Tennessee Narratives 29.Texas Narratives, Part 1 30.Texas Narratives, Part 2 31.Texas Narratives, Part 3 32.Texas Narratives, Part 4 33.Virginia Narrativesshow more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 177.8 x 254 x 11.68mm | 453.59g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514603535
  • 9781514603536
  • 1,835,884