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U.S. History Topics » Other History & Soc Studies » Slavery

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938

offers 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 photos of former slaves. The collection can be searched by name, city, state, topic, or other key words. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). (Library of Congress)

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Interesting Fact:

The late 1920s and 1930s witnessed a revival of interest in slave narratives. During this period several independent projects to secure ex-slave testimonies were undertaken. What most clearly distinguished these from earlier efforts was their sociological character. The single-minded moralism that had pervaded earlier narratives diminished substantially.
Photographic print of Bill and Ellen Thomas, ages 88 and 81, created between 1936 and 1938, Library of Congress Manuscript Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.

Bill and Ellen Thomas

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