Memories of the Enslaved : Voices from the Slave Narratives

By: Crew, SpencerContributor(s): Bunch, Lonnie | Price, ClementMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Westport : ABC-CLIO, 2015Description: 1 online resource (361 p.)ISBN: 9781440837791Subject(s): Slaves - United States - Social life and customsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Memories of the Enslaved: Voices from the Slave NarrativesDDC classification: 306.362092273 LOC classification: E444 | .C749 2015Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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This work is the abridged, less costly alternative to the editors' three-volume Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project (CH, Nov'14, 52-1195). Both titles present Federal Writers' Project slave narratives that have been excerpted and arranged thematically. Due to its condensed nature, Memories of the Enslaved does not offer all of the subtopics or narratives published in the larger project, but the two works share many identical excerpts. The Federal Writers' Project, which was undertaken in 1936-38 to record these narratives and yielded some 2,300 first-person accounts and hundreds of black-and-white photographs, suffered from serious limitations (including issues of memory, racial disparities between the subjects and their interviewers, and the faithfulness of reporting). These considerations have been well documented here and in Paul Escott's Slavery Remembered: A Record of Twentieth-Century Slave Narratives (1979). Nonetheless, the narrative records still retain great value as primary sources, and novice researchers will no doubt appreciate the simplified, thematic introduction in new text. Serious researchers may wish to access the complete accounts preserved in the Library of Congress's American Memory website (CH, Dec'05, 43-2404) or The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography, ed. by George P. Rawick (CH, Jul'78), with supplemental volumes. Summing Up: Recommended. High school, community college, and undergraduate students. --Lauren Stern, SUNY Cortland

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Spencer R. Crew , PhD, is Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and coeditor of Greenwood's Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project .

Lonnie G. Bunch III is founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, and coeditor of Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project .

Clement A. Price , PhD, was Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor in History, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Newark, and coeditor of Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project .

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