My Folks Don't Want Me to Talk about Slavery: Twenty-one Oral Histories of Former North Carolina Slaves

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Belinda Hurmence
John F. Blair, Publisher, 1984 - History - 103 pages
25 Reviews
The idea of interviewing slaves about their experiences dates to the 1760s, when abolitionists first began to publish slave narratives as a way to educate the public to the horrors of slavery. From 1929 to 1932, the social sciences department at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, sponsored a project to gather more interviews. In 1934, one of the Fisk project workers suggested the federal government hire unemployed white-collar blacks to undertake similar projects in Indiana and Kentucky. Two years later, the Works Progress Administration directed the Federal Writers' Project teams in four more states to begin interviewing former slaves living in their states. The project soon expanded to cover fourteen states. By the time the WPA project ended in 1938, some 2,000 interviews, representing about two percent of the ex-slave population in the United States at the time had been completed and transcribed.The editors of the volumes listed on this page combed through the transcriptions to find the most interesting of the narratives from each particular state.
 

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I loved the frankness of some of the interviewees. It was very refreshing. Read full review

Review: My Folks Don't Want Me to Talk about Slavery: Twenty-One Oral Histories of Former North Carolina Slaves

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I loved the frankness of some of the interviewees. It was very refreshing. Read full review

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Contents

Ann Parker
1
Bob Jones
3
Henry James Trentham
6
Elias Thomas
9
Mary Barbour
14
Hannah Crasson
17
Isaac Johnson
21
Sarah Louise Augustus
25
Mary Anderson
44
Thomas Hall
51
Sarah Debro
55
Ria Sorrell
62
Betty Gofer
67
Patsy Mitchner
75
Parker Pool
81
Willis Cozart
88

Simuel Riddick
29
Josephine Smith
32
Mattie Curtis
35
Jacob Manson
40
W L Bost
92
Bibliography
101
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Hurmence was born in Oklahoma, raised in Texas, and educated at the University of Texas and Columbia University. She has written several novels for young people

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