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Stevens Institute of Technology

 
Slavery in America - First-hand Accounts from Former Slaves

Project Overview

The use of slavery and slave narratives in contemporary and classic literary works has created many influential novels over the past century. Individuals such as Nat Turner, Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, among many others, have left their mark and made significant contributions to the literary and historic landscape of not just the United States but the whole world. Through digitized documents, recordings, and the Internet, students have the unprecedented opportunity today to learn what life was really like by reading and listening to former slaves (in their own voices) tell their stories.

For this RWLO, students will access digitally archived narratives, interviews, and recordings from a variety of sources, including the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center's Archive of Folk Culture and the American Memory collection Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the people and times of this era.

 


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