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Slave Narratives: A Folk History Of Slavery In The United States From Interviews With Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives Part 5 Paperback – June 17, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1419147722 ISBN-10: 1419147722

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (June 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419147722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419147722
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,510,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Starkey on April 18, 2009
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The content of this book is excellent = an amazing collection of interviews with persons who were either slaves or had grandparents who were slaves during the time frame of the civil war through the start of freedom.

I especially liked the fact that actual statments of the various persons being interviewed were used. I found myself gaining a deeper understanding of the day to day life for slaves during this period, especially their horrible struggle AFTER they were freed.

The only complaint I had is that in the Kindle edition the stories run together and overlap. There are no pages or chapters separating them. However, given the fact that this edition was FREE, I felt it was well worth reading, and definately makes me want to purchase the entire series.
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During the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), created the Federal Writers' Project. One of the missions of this project was to interview, and record these interviews, of as many former slaves still living as possible. This was accomplished during the years 1936 and 1938. This project produced 2,3000 interviews which made up a total of 17 volumes. The writers attempted, as closely as possible, to record the exact language used by the people being interviewed. To understand this, I have included a statement here from the Library of Congress concerning this collection:

"The Slave Narrative Collection in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of narrative texts derived from oral interviews. The narratives usually involve some attempt by the interviewers to reproduce in writing the spoken language of the people they interviewed, in accordance with instructions from the project's headquarters, the national office of the Federal Writers' Project in Washington, D.C.

The interviewers were writers, not professionals trained in the phonetic transcription of speech. And the instructions they received were not altogether clear. "I recommend that truth to idiom be paramount, and exact truth to pronunciation secondary," wrote the project's editor, John Lomax, in one letter to interviewers in sixteen states. Yet he also urged that "words that definitely have a notably different pronunciation from the usual should be recorded as heard," evidently assuming that "the usual" was self-evident.*
In fact, the situation was far more problematic than the instructions from project leaders recognized.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Review King on November 17, 2013
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I have been reading these "slave narratives" for years. I always find them fascinating. Especially since we are only taught the horror of American slavery. But alas, the slaves themselves tell a much different story. A story of love for the master and his family. Of kind treatment and care. Of a longing to return to those days. What? Who's not telling the truth? The former slaves telling the narratives, or the modern-day destroyers of Southern culture and history? I think I know.
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