Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Freedom

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Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau, Steven Miller
The New Press, Jul 26, 2011 - History - 355 pages
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"A Best Book of the Year" —Library Journal and Booklist

Using excerpts from the thousands of interviews conducted with ex-slaves in the 1930s by researchers working with the Federal Writer's Project, this astonishing collection makes available in print the only known recordings of people who actually experienced slavery--recordings that had gathered dust in the Library of Congress until they were rendered audible for the first time specifically for this collection.

Heralded as "a minor miracle" (Ted Koppel, Nightline), "powerful and intense" (Atlanta Journal Constitution), and "invaluable" (Chicago Tribune), Remembering Slavery is sure to enrich readers for years to come.

"Gripping and poignant... Moving recollections fill a void in the slavery literature." —The Washington Post Book World

"Chilling [and] riveting... This project will enrich every American home and classroom." —Publisher's Weekly

"Quite literally, history comes alive in this unparalleled work." —Library Journal

"Ira Berlin's fifty-page introduction is as good a synthesis of current scholarship as one will find, filled with fresh insights for any reader." —The San Diego Union Tribune
 

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REMEMBERING SLAVERY: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation

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Harrowing first-person accounts—not only on the printed page but in audiotapes of original interviews conducted decades ago—of American slavery and its aftermath. Historians Berlin and Miller, along ... Read full review

Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Freedom

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This is not the first publication of selections from the Library of Congress's interviews with former slaves, collected in the 1930s under the auspices of the Works Project Administration. But it is ... Read full review

Contents

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EDITORIAL METHOD
FROM CAN TO CANT
OUR FOLKS
honest and fair service to
CIVIL WAR AND THE COMING
APPENDIX 1
APPENDIX 2
AFTERWORD

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About the author (2011)

Ira Berlin is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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