Mighty Rough Times, I Tell You: Personal Accounts of Slavery in Tennessee

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Andrea Sutcliffe
John F. Blair, Publisher, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 189 pages
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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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An interesting collection of narratives taken from ex-slaves in the 1920's. Unfortunately; the narratives have been double edited. Once by the person taking down the story and again by the person ... Read full review


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A Negro Has Got No Name
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Have No Kin in This World
Lived on Gallatin Pike
Could Hear the Bullets Flying All Around
Sometimes She Would Lock Us Up in a Dark Closet
Folks These Days Dont Know What Trouble Looks Like
They Would Turn a Kettle Upside Down
Was Sold Away from My Husband
They Sold My Sister Right in This NiggerTrading Yard
One Night a Ku Klux Klan Rode Up to Our Door
Want to Build Up
They Raised the Chillun to Make Money On

Dont Never Want to See Another War

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