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Black Indian Slave Narratives
Few people realize that Native Americans were enslaved right alongside the African Americans in this country. Fewer still realize that many Native Americans owned African Americans and Native Americans from other tribes. Recently historians have determined that of the 2,193 interviews with former slaves that were collected by the Federal Writers Project, 12 percent contain ...more
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even though this is not a novel it seems to flow like one. it somehow gets better and more interesting as one progresses through it. what i found interesting was, in general, the slaves of native americans seem to have a better grasp of their personal and family history than their counterparts in the peculiar institution outside the tribes. this may be due to the less restrictive idea of slaves and slavery that was prevalent in indian tradition. they were perhaps more free, so to speak, to forge ...more
Interviews taken from a WPA project to collect first-hand accounts of previous slaves' lives. Some were black or mixed or full-blood indians owned by whites or indians. I learned so much (like the fact that some Indians owned slaves) and was fascinated by their lives. Sometimes a bit of reading between the lines is necessary given the time and social environment in which they were collected but overall completely intriguing. Also a neat insight into some of the history and politics of the Civil ...more