11 Facts About Slave Narratives That You May Not Know

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aaa-slave-narratives-volume-xi-north-carolinaFederal Writers’ Project

The remaining formerly enslaved Black people in 10 states, from 1936 and 1938, were interviewed by the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Writers’ Project. The WPA narratives encompass 2,300 accounts of slavery and more than 200 photographs. Many interviewees were well above 80 years in age and were enslaved as the Civil War approached.

 

Slave_Narratives.previewSanitized Versions

Many researchers argue that the predominantly white WPA interviewers who crafted the narratives were often untrained, unsympathetic, sometimes racist and pushed for positive answers from the now-freed people to sanitize the horrors of slavery.

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