Reconstruction Period Research Forum
African American History . LOC
* Slave Narratives from the Federal Writer's Project, 1936-1938
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. Collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), these materials were compiled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.
* Sam Kilgore was born in 1845 in Williams County, Tennessee, on one of the largest plantations in the South. He was in the Confederate Army and served in the Spanish-American War. His narrative indicates he was 92 at the time of the interview and living in Ft. Worth where he had owned a cement contracting business. The narrative discusses his life on the plantation and his experiences after the war. His narrative also includes two photographs and can be viewed here.
* First Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920
Including diaries, autobiographies, travel accounts, and narratives, this collection documents the culture of the nineteenth-century American South from the vantage point of its residents. These materials were collected from printed texts in the libraries of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and include prominent and not-so-prominent individuals.
* The Church in the Southern Black Community
An additional collection of printed texts from the libraries of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill documents how African-Americans impacted and experienced Christianity in the American South. This collection is comprised of one hundred titles.
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