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Oral histories and interviews with African Americans who endured the hardships of slavery. These recordings document the first-person accounts of several individuals whose life experiences spanned the period during and after slavery. The podcasts are drawn from several collections in the American Folklife Center Archives, one of the preeminent audio-visual repositories of national and international folklife, history and cultural expressions.

Voices from the Days of Slavery: Stories, Songs and Memories Library of Congress

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Oral histories and interviews with African Americans who endured the hardships of slavery. These recordings document the first-person accounts of several individuals whose life experiences spanned the period during and after slavery. The podcasts are drawn from several collections in the American Folklife Center Archives, one of the preeminent audio-visual repositories of national and international folklife, history and cultural expressions.

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4.4 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

b0realis ,

must-listen

Pity sound quality is bad. Great our history has been preserved.

Hisherstorylover ,

Priceless

There is nothing like oral history. These first hand accounts of the horrors and inhumanity of slavery are invaluable. What I appreciate the most is the inclusion of the struggles of African Americans upon emancipation at the end of the Civil War. This man is over 100 years old at the time of this interview - not difficult to understand why it is hard to understand him periodically. More often than not, however, he is quite clear. Particularly, with regard to choosing between being slave or free- no question as to where he stands. Note: There are some things about slavery he would rather not discuss. He does note, however, that some African Americans would choose to return to their former status- Jim Crow made life so unbearable for most of them in the South. This is reality at its best. Can't wait for my students to listen to this interview and follow along with the transcript.

cj.wall ,

THANK YOU

I have heard stories at the family reunions. I have seen the movie "Sanfoka" and now to actually stumble upon this is like "food to my soul". If you really want to find something it is possible through the Library of Congress and the Census Bureau...... Thank you.

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