13th out of 66 books — 63 voters
Voices from Slavery: 100 Authentic Slave Narratives
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, 434 pages
Published May 27th 1999 by Dover Publications
(first published January 1st 1970)
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Wow! This book was fascinating. Several former slaves were interviewed in the 1930s and this is the result. It's very surprising to read what some of these people had to say. The perspectives ranged from extreme anger to a lingering loyalty to their former masters, and everything in between. It truly puts a face and a voice to those enslaved. I still have a hard time believing that this took place in our country such a short time ago. What a horrifying institution.
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
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.
Jun 30, 2009 Linds rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.