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Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States, From Interviews with Former Slaves Virginia Narratives [Kindle Edition]

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  • File Size: 136 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UKBHOY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding May 8, 2011
By Daerius
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Slave Narratives is a collection of personal recollections by people who experienced slavery in the United States first hand. Written in many different styles by interviewers from around the country, these short, first-person narratives describe in detail what life was like during slavery. Often times, the words not being said are just as important as the ones on the page. This is a remarkable treasure trove of historical information and a remarkable reading experience! Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Scott
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Interesting not only for the rememberances of former slaves, but also for the reflection of the depression years contained within the collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every citizen of Virginia/West Virginia should read this. September 21, 2012
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Crudely transcribed in some cases but highly valuable overall; these narratives should be read by every citizen of Virginia and West Virginia (part of Virginia before the civil war.) Virginia was built on the labor of slaves. This is how they lived as slaves and how they had to live after they were freed into a system that could generously called debt peonage.

Similar books are available for almost every former slave state, although I can't find one for Delaware.
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I was appalled by the ignorance of these people 70 years after gaining their freedom! I am not equating ignorance with stupidity ; most of the respondents were able to give intelligent answers even at their advanced ages. I was, and am, very surprised that these former slaves had to keep themselves "under the radar" of white people to be safe, even long after slavery was abolished! Some of these narrators stated that their lives had been better when they were slaves. I now can completely understand them. At least their masters, for the most part, did protect them, even if only as an investment. I have a better idea of the reality of their feelings of hopelessness and helplessness for being thrust into life with few if any survival skills. I believe the majority of them lived the rest of their lives just trying to stay alive!
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Really, this should be required reading. While the dialect writing style seems insulting today, it is important to understand the time frame. Actually, it's really key to understand the time period of both the slave-era and the time these accounts were collected. With careful reading, a grain of salt, and other sources to help guide you, hearing these stories will touch and change you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read July 1, 2014
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Any history is good history in my book. This one is worth having.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every hour spent absorbing these stories June 26, 2014
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I have read every interview from every state that I can access, and have not found a bad one in the bunch. They are so intense that I can only read in small, two hour doses, but I would not miss them for anything. We owe a debt to the interviewers and the sharers who spent part of the Depression years leaving these for their descendants.
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting quick read May 25, 2014
By SM73
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Gives you a perspective on the actual way former slaves spoke by taking first hand accounts of their stories. Easy read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars These words penetrate
The words of the experience of our elders inspire so affectionately and effectively. Read at leisure and feel the words. Not a rushed read.
Published 1 month ago by Tara Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars These interviews are so unique; written in the exact ...
These interviews are so unique; written in the exact words of prior slaves. It was as though I was listening to each person speak of their individual experience with slavery.
Published 1 month ago by SONIA ROJAS
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning
I enjoyed reading this book because it tells things the history books don't. I'm just sorry that I had to wait until I was in my late forties to learn about these fascinating... Read more
Published 2 months ago by pegi johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars A way for our generation to bear witness to the horrors of slavery
Depressing but true to life. Important to read these stories. You can tell some of the people taking dictation just wanted to write down just enough while others were very... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars first person narratives
I had no idea the WPA took narratives from the Civil War times. These are stories from soldiers and former slaves who were still living. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Harmony
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
ok
Published 6 months ago by Louise Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating account of lives lived-wish many people would read this...
Fascinating account of lives lived-wish many people would read this. Inspiring stories by remarkable people who were able to survive those dark days. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
Highly recomended ...well written
Published 9 months ago by Big c
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
interesting
Published 9 months ago by Wayne Alger
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