Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories presents audio recordings of former slaves discussing their lives and their experiences while slaves. These recordings, completed between the years of 1932 to 1975, include some biographical materials about the interviewees, the oldest being 130 at the time of the interview. The recordings include reflections about being slaves, the slave holders, their families and the experience of being free. Also of interest are the interviewers who include Zora Neale Hurston, John Henry Faulk, John, Ruby and Alan Lomax and Robert Sonkin.
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- The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
Related Collections and Exhibits
- African-American Odyssey
- African American Pamphlet Collection
- Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project
- First-Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920
- The Fredrick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress
- Slaves and the Courts
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