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Reconstruction Period Research Forum

Re: Ex-Slave Interviewed for Army Pension

David Thanks So Much:

I echo your sentiments when you wrote, "It is refreshing to read a straight-forward transcript that does not try to dress the speaker's words in fake "dialect."

Many of us have read about the questionable practices of the interviewers in the Slave Narratives and of other folk-lore historians.

Thanks also for sharing Ransom Starling's records with AfriGeneas. There's so much information that can explain our ancestors' experience during Reconstruction.

The attachment from the Military Forum includes some of my observations to Florida veterans of the USCT. However, your introduction and history focuses on one veteran from an area that you know very well, thus making his profile all the more interesting.

Can I speculate that this will be included in your next book? If so, please alert us to the projected publication date. AfriGeneas is fortunate to have you as its Slavery Forum Manager.

Again, thanks for sharing it with AfriGeneas.

K Wyer Lane


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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