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Selected Bibliography

Slave Narratives

  • Andrews, William L., and Henry Louis Gates Jr., eds. Six Women's Slave Narratives. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.
  • -----, eds. Slave Narratives. New York: Library of America, 2000.
  • Baker, T. Lindsay, and Julie P. Baker, eds. Till Freedom Cried Out: Memories of Texas Slave Life. College Station: Texas A. & M. University Press, 1977.
  • -----, eds. The WPA Oklahoma Slave Narratives. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1996.
  • Berlin, Ira, Marc Favreau, and Steven F. Miller, eds. Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk about Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation. New York: The New Press, 1998.
  • Billington, Ray Allen, ed. The Journal of Charlotte Forten: A Free Negro in the Slave Era. New York: Norton, 1981.
  • Blassingame, John W., ed. Slave Testimony: Two Centuries of Letters, Speeches, Interviews, and Autobiographies. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1977.
  • Botkin, B. A., ed. Lay My Burden Down: A Folk History of Slavery. New York: Delta, 1994.
  • Browne, Martha Griffith. Autobiography of a Female Slave. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1998.
  • Cook, Charles Orson, and James M. Poteet, eds. "’Dem Was Black Times, Sure ’Nough’: The Slave Narratives of Lydia Jefferson and Stephen Wiliams." Louisiana History 20 (Summer 1979): 281-92.
  • Curtin, Philip D., ed. Africa Remembered: Narratives by West Africans from the Era of the Slave Trade. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1967.
  • Douglass, Frederick. Autobiographies: Narrative of the Life; My Bondage and My Freedom; Life and Times. New York: Library of America, 1994.
  • Ferguson, Moira, ed. The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave--Related By Herself. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997.
  • Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., and Charles T. Davis, eds. The Slave's Narrative. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.
  • Hurmence, Belinda, ed. Before Freedom, When I Just Can Remember: Twenty-Seven Oral Histories of Former South Carolina Slaves. Winston-Salem, N.C.: J. F. Blair, 1989.
  • -----, ed. My Folks Don’t Want Me to Talk about Slavery: Twenty-One Oral Histories of Former North Carolina Slaves. Winston-Salem, N.C.: J.F. Blair, 1984.
  • Jacobs, Harriet. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1987.
  • Killion, Ronald, and Charles Waller, eds. Slavery Time When I Was Chillun Down on Marster's Plantation. Savannah: Beehive Press, 1973.
  • Mellon, James, ed. Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember. New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988.
  • Meltzer, Milton. The Black Americans: A History in Their Own Words, 1619-1983. New York: Harper and Row, 1984.
  • Osofsky, Gilbert, ed. Puttin' On Ole Massa. The Slave Narratives of Henry Bibb, William Wells Brown and Solomon Northup. New York: Harper and Row, 1969.
  • Perdue, Charles L., Jr., Thomas E. Barden, and Robert K. Phillips, eds. Weevils in the Wheat: Interviews with Virginia Ex-Slaves. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1992.
  • Porter, Dorothy, ed. Early Negro Writing 1760-1837. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1994.
  • Rawick, George P., et al., eds. The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography. 41 vols. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1972-79.
  • Taylor, Susie King. A Black Woman's Civil War Memoirs: Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33rd U.S. Colored Troops, Late 1st South Carolina Volunteers. Edited by Patricia W. Romero, with a new introduction by Willie Lee Rose. Princeton, N.J.: Markus Wiener, 1988.
  • Taylor, Yuval, ed. I Was Born a Slave: An Anthology of Classic Slave Narratives. 2 vols. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 1999.
  • Tyler, Ronnie C., and Lawrence R. Murphy, eds. The Slave Narratives of Texas. Austin: Encino Press, 1974.
  • Washington, Booker T. Up From Slavery. New York: Penguin, 1986.
  • Yetman, Norman R., ed. Voices From Slavery: 100 Authentic Slave Narratives. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications, 2000.

Other Life Histories from the WPA

  • Banks, Ann, ed. First-Person America. New York: Vintage Books, 1981.
  • Brown, James Seay, ed. Up Before Daylight: Life Histories from the Alabama Writers' Project, 1938-1939. University, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 1982.
  • Federal Writers' Project. These Are Our Lives. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1939.
  • McDonogh, Gary W., ed. The Florida Negro: A Federal Writers' Project Legacy. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1993.
  • Terrill, Tom E., and Jerrold Hirsch, eds. Such As Us: Southern Voices of the Thirties. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1978.

Related Books and Articles

  • Bailey, David Thomas. "A Divided Prism: Two Sources on Black Testimony on Slavery." Journal of Southern History 46 (1980): 381-404.
  • Blassingame, John W. The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Ante-Bellum South. Rev. ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.
  • -----. "Using the Testimony of Ex-Slaves: Approaches and Problems." Journal of Southern History 41 (1975): 473-92.
  • Cade, John B. "Out of the Mouths of Ex-Slaves." Journal of Negro History 20 (July 1935): 294-337.
  • Clayton, Ronnie W. Mother Wit: The Ex-Slave Narratives of the Louisiana Writers’ Project. New York: P. Lang, 1990.
  • Covey, Herbert C., and Paul T. Lockman Jr. "Narrative References to Older African Americans Living Under Slavery." Social Science Journal 33:2 (1996): 23-37.
  • Davis, David Brion. "Slavery and the Post-World War II Historians." Daedalus 103 (Spring 1974): 1-16.
  • Elkins, Stanley M. Slavery: A Problem in American Institutional and Intellectual Life. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1959.
  • Escott, Paul D. Slavery Remembered: A Record of Twentieth-Century Slave Narratives. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1979.
  • Frazier, E. Franklin. The Negro Family in the United States. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1939.
  • Genovese, Eugene D. Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made. New York: Pantheon Books, 1974.
  • Georgia Writers’ Project. Drums and Shadows: Survival Studies among the Georgia Coastal Negroes. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1940. Reprint, 1986.
  • Gilmore, Al-Tony, ed. Revisiting Blassingame’s "The Slave Community": The Scholars Respond. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1978.
  • Hartman, Saidiya V. Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Henige, David. Oral Historiography. London: Longman, 1982.
  • Johnson, Charles S. Shadow of the Plantation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1934.
  • Jacobs, Donald M. The Index to the American Slave. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1981.
  • Lantz, Herman R. "Family and Kin as Revealed in the Narratives of Ex-Slaves." Social Science Quarterly 60 (1980): 667-75.
  • Lester, Julius. To Be a Slave. New York: Dial Books, 1998.
  • Mangione, Jerre. The Dream and the Deal: The Federal Writers' Project, 1935-1943. Boston: Little, Brown, 1972.
  • McDonald, William F. Federal Relief Administration and the Arts. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1969.
  • Penkower, Monty Noam. The Federal Writers' Project: A Study in Government Patronage of the Arts. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1977.
  • Phillips, Ulrich B. American Negro Slavery: A Survey of the Supply, Employment, and Control of Negro Labor as Determined by the Plantation Regime. 1918. Reprint, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1966.
  • Rawick, George P. From Sundown to Sunup: The Making of the Black Community. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing Co., 1972.
  • Saxon, Lyle, comp. Gumbo Ya Ya: A Collection of Louisiana Folk Tales. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1945.
  • Soapes, Thomas F. "The Federal Writers' Project Slave Interviews: Useful Data or Misleading Source." Oral History Review 2 (1977): 33-38.
  • Spindel, Donna J. "Assessing Memory: Twentieth-Century Slave Narratives Reconsidered." Journal of Interdisciplinary History 27 (1996): 247-61.
  • Virginia Writers' Project. The Negro in Virginia. New York: Hastings House, 1940. Reprint, Winston-Salem, N.C.: J. F. Blair, 1994.
  • Woodward, C. Vann. "History from Slave Sources." American Historical Review 79 (1974): 470-81.
  • Yetman, Norman R. "The Background of the Slave Narrative Collection." American Quarterly 19 (1967): 534-53.
  • -----. "Ex-Slave Interviews and the Historiography of Slavery." American Quarterly 36 (1984): 181-210.
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