Slavery in America

Slavery in America : True Stories of American Slavery

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Slavery in America. True Stories of American Slavery. Slave Narratives From Around America. A selection of stories told by ex-slaves in America recounting plantation life. These stories, taken from interviews in the 1930's, are a unique insight into slave life in America. Example: 'I member de Klu Klux. One nite a bunch ob us went out, dey got atter us. We waded a big crik en hid in de bushes ter keep dem fum gittin' us. Hab gon' ter lots ob camp-meetin's. Dey'd hab lots ob good things ter eat en fed eberbody. Dey'd hab big baptizin's down at de Cumberland Riber and menny things. W'en freed, our white folks didn't gib us nuthin'. We got 'way en hired out fer an'thin' we could git. Nebber knowed ob any plantashuns [TR: illegible; possibly "men"] be divided. D'ant member 'bout slave 'risings en niggers voting en wuz not ole er'nuff ter member de sta'rs fallin'. Songs we use'ter sing wuz, "On Jordan's Bank I Stand en Cast a Wistful Eye en Lak Drops ob Sweat, Lak Blood Run Down, I Shed mah Tears." I try not ter think 'bout de ole times. Hit's bin so long ago so I don' member any tales now. I'se had a lot ob good times in mah day. Our white folks would let us hab "bran dances" an we'd hab a big time. I has nebber voted en I think dat ez a man's wuk. Don't b'leeve in signs, I hab allus tho't whut ez gwine ter be will be, en de only way ter be ez de rite way.' Precilla Gray, 807 Ewing Ave. Nashville, Tennshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 13.21mm | 403.7g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508611157
  • 9781508611158

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