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Bullwhip days : the slaves remember : an oral history

Author: James Mellon
Publisher: New York, NY : Grove Press, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, Inc., [1988] ©1988
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Grove Press pbk. ed.]View all editions and formats
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In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration commissioned an oral history of the remaining former slaves. Bullwhip Days is a remarkable compendium of selections from these extraordinary interviews, providing an unflinching portrait of the world of government-sanctioned slavery of Africans in America. Here are twenty-nine full narrations, as well as nine sections of excerpts related to particular aspects of slave  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Slave narratives
Biography
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Mellon
ISBN: 0802138683 9780802138682
OCLC Number: 48954071
Notes: Originally published: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988.
Description: xviii, 460 : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Contents: Narratives : Georgia Baker, Mary Reynolds, Katie Rowe --
Voices : slave children, food and cooking, stealing, and fading remembrances of Africa --
Narratives : Thomas Cole, William Adams, Fanny Cannady --
Voices : ghosts and conjuring --
Narratives : Charley Williams, Jack and Rosa Maddox, Rose Williams --
Voices : plantation life, poor white folks, classes of slaves, patrollers, Christmas on the plantation, dancing, corn-shuckings, hog-killings, music, slave marriages, and forced breeding --
Narratives : Calvin Moye, Isaac Stier, Charlie Moses --
Voices : religion and education --
Narratives : Rachel Cruze, Jacob Manson, Martin Jackson, Josh Horn --
Voices : bullwhip days --
Narratives : George Fleming, Arnold Gragson, Cato Carter, Elmo Steele --
Voices : slave auctions, forced breeding, rape, and runaways --
Narratives : John Crawford, Lulu Wilson, William Moore --
Voices : the Civil War and statutory freedom --
Narratives : Neal Upson, Charlie Davenport, Ellen Betts --
Voices : the Reconstruction Era, sharecropping, voting, and the Ku Klux Klan --
Narratives : Mary Grayson, William Colbert, Mollie Dawson --
Voices : the younger generation, reflections and conclusions.
Other Titles: Slaves remember :
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by James Mellon.

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In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration commissioned an oral history of the remaining former slaves. Bullwhip Days is a remarkable compendium of selections from these extraordinary interviews, providing an unflinching portrait of the world of government-sanctioned slavery of Africans in America. Here are twenty-nine full narrations, as well as nine sections of excerpts related to particular aspects of slave life, from religion to plantation life to the Reconstruction era. Skillfully edited, these chronicles bear eloquent witness to the trials of slaves in America, reveal the wide range of conditions of human bondage, and provide sobering insight into the roots of racism in today's society. - Publisher.

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