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Arkansas Slave Narratives

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This book contains the complete collection of all 716 narratives told to employees of the Work Projects Administration by former slaves living in Arkansas at the time of the Great Depression in the United States. The narratives in this varied collection include stories of life as a slave, life after the end of the Civil War, and life well into the 1930s when they were ...more
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Published October 10th 2013 by AfterMath (first published May 1st 2006)
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Nate Jordon
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another interesting series of a vital collection chronicling a crucial part of American history like no other.
James Seawel
Nov 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating! If you've ever wanted to know what slavery was like for those who endured it, this is the story of ex-slaves of Arkansas. These folks were interviewed late in their lives and their stories were captured forever. There was a wide range of experiences captured from mean, brutal slave-masters to benevolent, likable masters. The story I remember most was the ex-slave lady in Fayetteville who had been in slavery so long and who appeared to have had the nicest of masters of any of the ...more
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This is part of a series of interviews the United States government (under the WPA) conducted with former slaves in Arkansas 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.

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