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Slave Narratives


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.
Documenting the American South: North American Slave Narratives
Includes all the existing autobiographical narratives of fugitive and former slaves published as broadsides, pamphlets, or books in English up to 1920. Also included are many of the biographies of fugitive and former slaves and some significant fictionalized slave narratives published in English before 1920. Browsable by author, title, place, or subject. Offers separate photo index, browsable by subject. From the University of North Carolina.
Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories
Almost seven hours of recorded interviews of 23 former slaves, that took place between 1932 and 1975. Most were born between  1823 and the early 1860s, allowing their full lives to be reflected, including common themes of slavery, slaveholders, coercion of slaves, their families, and freedom. Browsable by subject, place, name, song title (songs learned during enslavement, as sung by interviewee) and interview. From the Library of Congress' American Memory Project.


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.

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