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American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography from Greenwood

The American Slavery database contains two basic sections: the overview of the collection with related links, available without charge from the home page, and the collection itself. The overview includes a description of the original Library of Congress project, a history of the project, the introduction and appendices to the initial Rawick compilation, and selections from his analysis of the collection, From Sundown to Sunup: The Making of the Black Community. Follow the 'About the Collection' link to access this material.

Professor Howard Pott's description of his Comprehensive Index, and its foreword, by Dr. Charles Joyner, may be accessed from 'About the Index.'

Professor Donald M. Jacobs' Preface to Index to The American Slave may be accessed from 'About the Subject Index.'

Narratives are provided as PDFs. Some are also available as sound files. You can now hear for yourself as the ex-slaves discuss their lives in their own voices.


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1920s-1940s (original interviews)


September 13, 2010


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