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Kentucky Slave Narratives: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project 1936-1938
The view that slavery could best be described by those who had themselves experienced it personally has found expression in several thousand commentaries, autobiographies, narratives, and interviews with those who "endured." Although most of these accounts appeared before the Civil War, more than one-third are the result of the ambitious efforts of the Federal Writers' Pro ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Applewood Books
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Mar 15, 2016 Fran rated it liked it
Since the printed page is really just a copy of the typewritten reports, some narratives are hard to read. After awhile some are just a repeat of everything else. It's a shame that more questions weren't asked of these valuable resources than the interviewers asked. I was stricken with the statements these folks made regarding how good their life was on the plantation. They all seemed to know slaves that were badly treated but none thought they were. They also described their homes as being cabi ...more
Sep 16, 2018 Susan Marie Molloy at The Library at Lilac Cottage rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
This is part of a series of interviews the United States government (under the WPA) conducted with former slaves in Kentucky during The Great Depression. It’s interesting to read the former slaves’ recollections and events they experienced or overhead during the slave years, and their general thoughts on the current world and society. Many, but not all, of the interviews were transcribed in dialect, so reading them is all the more special. The contemporary black and white photographs add greatly ...more