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Part 1 Hear Former Slaves Speak

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Published on Nov 23, 2009

Hear Former Slaves Express Their Feelings About Slavery. Turn on Closed Caption If you have trouble understanding what the former slave is saying.

The almost seven hours of recorded interviews took place between 1932 and 1975 in nine Southern states. Twenty-three interviewees, born between 1823 and the early 1860s, discuss how they felt about slavery, slaveholders, coercion of slaves, their families, and freedom. Several individuals sing songs, many of which were learned during the time of their enslavement. It is important to note that all of the interviewees spoke sixty or more years after the end of their enslavement, and it is their full lives that are reflected in these recordings. The individuals documented in this presentation have much to say about living as African Americans from the 1870s to the 1930s, and beyond.

All known recordings of former slaves in the American Folklife Center are included in this presentation. Some are being made publicly available for the first time and several others already available now include complete transcriptions. Unfortunately, not all the recordings are clearly audible. Although the original tapes and discs are generally in good physical condition, background noise and poorly positioned microphones make it extremely difficult to follow many of the interviews.

Link to site with names and ages of slaves who were still living at 100 and up years of age.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.a...

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