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Slave Narratives

Impressive collection of interviews of former slaves in the United States

Description

Perhaps no other resource approaches the range of human experience found in Ancestry.com's Slave Narratives. The collection contains over 20,000 pages of type-scripted interviews with more than 3,500 former slaves, collected over a ten-year period. In 1929, an effort began at Fisk University in Tennessee and Southern University in Louisiana to document the life stories of these former slaves. Kentucky State College continued the work in 1934 and from 1936-1939, the Federal Writer's Project (a federal work project that was a part of The New Deal) launched a coordinated national effort to collect narratives from former slaves.

This database provides a poignant picture of what it was to live as a slave in the American South. This collection is the most complete available picture of the African-American experience with slavery. There is simply no other historical document quite like it.

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