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The Resource River of blood : American slavery from the people who lived it : interviews & photographs of formerly enslaved African Americans / edited by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams ; foreword by Adam Green

River of blood : American slavery from the people who lived it : interviews & photographs of formerly enslaved African Americans / edited by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams ; foreword by Adam Green

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River of blood : American slavery from the people who lived it : interviews & photographs of formerly enslaved African Americans / edited by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams ; foreword by Adam Green
Title
River of blood
Title remainder
American slavery from the people who lived it : interviews & photographs of formerly enslaved African Americans / edited by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams ; foreword by Adam Green
Contributor
Editor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the late 1930s, the federal government embarked on an unusual project. As a part of the Works Progress Administration's efforts to give jobs to unemployed Americans, government workers tracked down 3,000 men and women who had been enslaved before and during the Civil War. The workers asked them probing questions about slave life. What did they think about their slaveholders? What songs did they sing? What games did they play? Did they always think about escaping? The result was a remarkable compilation of interviews known as the Slave Narratives. This book highlights those narratives--condensing tens of thousands of pages into short excerpts from about 100 former slaves. It pairs their accounts with their portraits, taken by the workers sent to record their stories. The book documents what slaves saw and remembered, and explains how they lived. It is an eye-opening account that details what it was like to be a slave--from everyday life to the overwhelming fear they harbored for themselves and for their families and loved ones. The stories are clear and stirring. For some reason, the 700 photographs taken for the Slave Narrative Collection have been largely overlooked. The negatives are missing and the paperclip impressions used to attach the small prints to the typewritten interviews indicates that the photos were never valued or treated as art. By pairing the narratives and photographs, the material takes on new life. Every word from every former slave comes alive when the reader can see exactly who told these accounts. The photographs--with the stories--are essential in helping us understand the humanity behind these stories. The words take on new meeting paired with the photographs. When you hear Bill Homer explain that he was given away as a wedding present at the age of ten in 1860 and then look at his photograph as a proud old man, the true meaning of slavery starts to sinks in. This book is designed so that all Americans will better understand this issue that plays such an important role in present day society. The words and the photographs are profound." -- Publisher's description
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
NHP
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1963-
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  • Cahan, Richard
  • Williams, Michael
  • Green, Adam
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Slavery
  • Slaves
  • Freedmen
  • African Americans
  • Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
  • Freedmen
  • African Americans
  • Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
  • Slavery
  • Slaves
  • United States
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River of blood : American slavery from the people who lived it : interviews & photographs of formerly enslaved African Americans / edited by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams ; foreword by Adam Green
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliography (pages 238-239)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Slavery and identity -- Day to day -- Trauma that lasts forever -- War and freedom -- The pain of Reconstruction -- Once a slave
Control code
1134849749
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780991541850
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Master record encoding level change
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1134849749
Label
River of blood : American slavery from the people who lived it : interviews & photographs of formerly enslaved African Americans / edited by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams ; foreword by Adam Green
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliography (pages 238-239)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Slavery and identity -- Day to day -- Trauma that lasts forever -- War and freedom -- The pain of Reconstruction -- Once a slave
Control code
1134849749
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780991541850
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Master record encoding level change
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1134849749

Library Locations

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      5 Monument Square, Portland, ME, 04101, US
      43.657680 -70.258550
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