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Slave Narratives


Abolition, Anti-Slavery Movements, and the Rise of the Sectional Controversy
Part of a comprehensive online exhibit, African American Odyssey from the Library of Congress. Includes art and original documentation.
American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology
A sample of narratives published in The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography by George P. Rawick (Westport, CT.: Greenwood Press, 1972-79). Includes audio recordings.
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. From the Library of Congress's American Memory Project.
Slavery--The Peculiar Institution
Part of a comprehensive slavery exhibit online. Includes art and original documentation.
Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories
Nearly seven hours of extraordinary recordings of interviews done between 1932 and 1975 with former slaves can be heard through the Library of Congress. Twenty-three people told their stories not just of slavery but of the lives of African Americans born between 1823 and the early 1860s.


Bullwhip Days

Bullwhip Days  : The Slaves Remember, An Oral History
Mellon, James, ed

This collection of twenty-nine full narrations and nine sections of excerpts come from the oral histories colleced by the WPA during the Great Depression. This skillfully edited volume tells about slave life as slaves experienced it, in their own words.
Call Number: E444 .B95 1988
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My Soul Has Grown Deep

My Soul Has Grown Deep  : Classics of Early African-American Literature
Wideman, John Edgar, ed

Includes biographical essays and original writings of Rt. Rev. Richard Allen, Phillis Wheatley, Jarena Lee, among others.
Call Number: PS508 .N3 M92 2001
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Remembering Slavery

Remembering Slavery  : African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation
Berlin, et al

The slave narratives in this book were taken from the Depression Era Works Progress Administration (WPA) oral history projects and edited into a single volume by renowned historian Ira Berlin. The book is accompanied by two sixty-minute audiocassettes of actual oral history interviews from the 1930s and dramatic readings of transcripts from the WPA project.
Call Number: E443 .R44 1998
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The Civitas Anthology of African American Slave Narratives

The Civitas Anthology of African American Slave Narratives 
Andrews, William L. and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., ed

The stories of Mary Prince, a West Indian slave; Asa-Asa, a captured African; Henry Bibb; Harriet Jacobs; Nat Turner; and others.
Call Number: E444 .C44 1999
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African American Biographical Database

The African American Biographical Database (AABD) brings together in one resource the biographies of thousands of African Americans, many not to be found in any other reference source. These biographical sketches have been carefully assembled from biographical dictionaries and other sources.

This extraordinary collection contains extended narratives of African American activists, business people, former slaves, performing artists, educators, lawyers, physicians, writers, church leaders, homemakers, religious workers, government workers, athletes, farmers, scientists, factory workers, and more--both the famous and the everyday person. Their stories are pivotal to an understanding of the Black American experience over the last two centuries.

African-American History and Culture
This electronic encyclopedia includes thousand of entries covering the entire breadth of African-American history - from African beginnings through the slave trade and the Civil Rights Movement to the present. Entries are organized into five sections: Biographies, Encyclopedia, Historical Documents, Gallery and Maps and Charts. Each entry is cross-referenced through hyperlinks and searchable by topic, by historical era, and by keyword.

Maintained by the staff of the African American Department, State Library Resource Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library