11 Facts About Slave Narratives That You May Not Know

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7136808_f1024Severely Edited Stories

Some researchers have charged that the WPA interviewers edited out parts they found unimportant, but were critical to the enslaved person: religion, cruel plantation owners, lynchings, runaways, punishment and stories about serving in the Union Army.

 

image000frontisRace Mattered

The formerly enslaved were more open and honest when the interviewer recording their stories was African-American. But WPA only hired a few. Also, if the interviewer was a white woman, they were apt to be more open than with a white man.

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