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[Detail] Bill and Ellen Thomas, Ages 88 and 81


Collection Overview

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938, contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves collected as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration.

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  • The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877

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