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Solomon Northup (1855) Twelve Years a Slave

American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology

Aframerindian Slave Narratives
List of various names just click to read

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
“…. contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of
former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of
the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave
Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.
This online collection is a joint presentation of the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs Divisions
of the Library of Congress and includes more than 200 photographs from the Prints and Photographs
Division that are now made available to the public for the first time.
Born in Slavery was made possible by a major gift from the Citigroup Foundation.”

Minges, Patrick N. 2004. Black Indian Slave Narratives. Winston-Salem, N.C.: John F. Blair.

"North American Slave Narratives"
“. . . collects books and articles that document the individual and collective story of
African Americans struggling for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. This collection includes all the existing autobiographical narratives of fugitive and former slaves published as broadsides, pamphlets, or books in
English up to 1920. Also included are many of the biographies of fugitive and
former slaves and some significant fictionalized slave narratives
published in English before 1920.”

Slave narrative [Wikipedia Article]

Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from
Interviews with Former Slaves:
Volume I, Alabama Narratives
“The Federal Writers' Project 1936-1938 Assembled by the Library of Congress Project Work Projects Administration for the District of Columbia Sponsored
By The Library Of Congress”

Voices and Faces from the Collection
“The narrative excerpts presented here are a small sample of the wealth of stories available in this online collection. Some narratives contain startling descriptions of cruelty while others convey an almost nostalgic view of plantation life. These narratives provide an invaluable first-person account of slavery and the individuals it affected.”

WPA Slave Narratives – PBS
“In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration sponsored a Federal Writers' Project dedicated to chronicling the experience of slavery as remembered by former slaves. African-American men and women born into slavery were interviewed. Their stories were recorded and transcribed. If you would like to learn more about the Slave Narrative Project, read interview transcripts, listen to recordings of interviews, or see pictures of former slaves, check out these multimedia resources.”



Slave Narratives Full [Min: 1:13:23]

A Story of Slavery: A True Story, Repeated Word For Word As I Heard

unchainedmemories pt1 [Min: 9:32]



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