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Voices from Slavery: 100 Authentic Slave Narratives

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Vivid, first-person accounts of what it was like to be a slave in the antebellum South recounted in simple, often poignant language.

Stark descriptions of the horrors of slave auctions, and many other unforgettable details of slave life. Accompanied by 32 compelling photographs and a new preface by the editor.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 27th 1999 by Dover Publications (first published January 1st 1970)
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Jun 06, 2012 Alison rated it it was amazing
A collection of interviews aquired during the Works Progress Admin. during the Great Depression. Government officials realized the last folks remaining who lived in slavery were dying off so they sent historians out to collect their recollections. If you want a true understanding of slavery this is an absolute must. Forget history books; read straight from the source.
Mar 23, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
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I learned so much reading these stories. If you had asked me why slavery was wrong, I would have said it is wrong to own another person. What I realized reading this book is that, subconsciously, it was the cruelty that really drove my view of slavery. What this book does is force you to reconsider slavery in light of some stories from former slaves who seem to genuinely love the old masters and wish they could go back. Is slavery still abhorrent without the cruelty? In short, this book deepened ...more
Aug 13, 2015 Marie rated it really liked it
An important book, despite its flaws, which are outlined carefully in the introduction and afterwards. It took me a long time to get through this book and that I think is partially the point. I didn’t want to jam a bunch of voices together in my head and lose their distinctiveness. So mostly I would read one autobiographical passage a night before bed.

It’s a slice of lost history and significant in the range of tales presented - some five hundred words here or there that are all that remain of a
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May 26, 2012 Leo Jones rated it really liked it
I read the slave narratives to prepare for a church service about Juneteenth. The voices are haunting, heart-breaking, and reflect the strength of African Americans who were held in bondage. I learned a lot about my heritage, and I'm very glad I read it.
How do you review this book? They are transcripts of interviews given from people that lived to tell their tale of slavery. They are heartbreaking, traumatizing, gruesome, and uplifting that they survived.
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Very interesting, enlightening and entertaining.
Jul 19, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Loved it. The real thing.
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Excellent compilation of the 2000+ WPA interviews of former slaves, done in the 1930's
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