Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember : an Oral History

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Grove Press, 2001 - Social Science - 496 pages
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In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration commissioned an oral history of the remaining former slaves. Bullwhip Days is a remarkable compendium of selections from these extraordinary interviews, providing an unflinching portrait of the world of government-sanctioned slavery of Africans in America. Here are twenty-nine full narrations, as well as nine sections of excerpts related to particular aspects of slave life, from religion to plantation life to the Reconstruction era. Skillfully edited, these chronicles bear eloquent witness to the trials of slaves in America, reveal the wide range of conditions of human bondage, and provide sobering insight into the roots of racism in today's society. "Remarkably articulate ... vivid, moving, and often beautifully cadenced." -- The New Yorker "A rich source of cultural information.... Eloquent and important." -- The New York Times

 

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Contents

Georgia Baker
3
Slave Children Food and Cooking
33
Thomas Cole
55
Chatley William
103
Plantation Life Poor White Folks Classes
133
Calvin moye
153
Rachel Craze
203
Bullwhip Days
232
Slaw Auctions Forced Breeding Rape
285
John Crawford
305
The Civil Wat and Statutory Freedom
335
Neal Upson
357
The Reconstruction Era Sharecropping
389
Mary Grayson
409
Conclutions
445
Copyright

George Fleming
253

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