Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Spencer Crew, Lonnie Bunch, Clement Price
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  • ISBN-10: 1440800871
  • ISBN-13: 9781440800870
  • DDC: 306.3
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1272 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released December 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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There is no better way to appreciate history than to experience it through the eyes of those who lived it. Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project brings together the memories of the last generation of enslaved African Americans gathered through interviews conducted between 1936 and 1938. This three-volume work stands apart from previous Slave Narrative collections in that it organizes the narratives thematically, bringing the rich tapestry of slave culture to life in a fresh way. Within each thematic area, multiple excerpts span time, gender, and geography. An introductory essay for each theme and a contextual explanation for each narrative help readers draw lessons from this vast collection, while an introduction to the work explains the Works Progress Administration's Slave Narrative project-illuminating still another era in American history.



  • Spencer Crew
  • Lonnie Bunch
  • Clement Price

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: The History of the Slave Narratives.
Chronology of Slavery in the United States.
1: The Enslaved Community Culture.
2: Religion and the Enslaved Community.
3: Holidays and Special Occasions: Times of Celebration and Rest.
4: Music and Other Forms of Cultural Expression.
5: Childhood for the Enslaved.
6: Familial Bonds.
7: The Slaveholder as Surrogate Parent.
8: Day-to-Day Care of Enslaved Children.
9: Parent and Child Interaction.
10: Transition from Childhood to Productive Worker.
11: Childhood Games (The Chance Just to Be a Child).