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Unchained memories : readings from the slave narratives

Author: Jacqueline GloverThomas LennonMark Jonathan HarrisEd BellAngela BassettAll authors
Publisher: New York, NY : HBO Documentary Films : Distributed by HBO Video, [2003]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than 4 million slaves were set free. By the late 1930's, 100,000 former slaves were still alive. In the midst of the Great Depression, journalists and writers traveled the country to record the memories of the last generation of African-Americans born into bondage. Over 2,000 interviews were transcribed as spoken, in the vernacular of the time, to form a unique historical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Television programs
Biography
History
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Documentaries and factual films and video
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Jacqueline Glover; Thomas Lennon; Mark Jonathan Harris; Ed Bell; Angela Bassett; Michael Boatman; Roscoe Lee Browne; Don Cheadle; Ossie Davis; Ruby Dee; Robert Guillaume; Jasmine Guy; Samuel L Jackson; C C H Pounder; Roger Guenveur Smith; Courtney B Vance; Vanessa Williams; Oprah Winfrey; Alfre Woodard; Whoopi Goldberg; Home Box Office (Firm); HBO Documentary Films.; Library of Congress.; HBO Video (Firm)
ISBN: 0783123396 9780783123394
OCLC Number: 51615435
Language Note: In English; closed-captioned in English.
Notes: Special features: Audio narrative by Fountain Hughes [audio feature] (24 min.); Audio interview by Yvonne Beatty [audio feature] (5 min.); Ex-slave biographies [text feature]; Web links [requires a DVD-ROM drive, Internet access and web browser].
Credits: Co-produced and edited by Juliet Weber ; historical advisors, Ira Berlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., James Oliver Horton, Charles L. Perdue, Margaret Washington ; original score by Patricia Lee Stotter ; camera, Wes Dorman, Chris Hall, Sophia Constantinou [and others].
Performer(s): Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg ; with readings by Angela Bassett, Michael Boatman, Roscoe Lee Browne, Don Cheadle, Sandra Daley, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Robert Guillaume, Jasmine Guy, Samuel L. Jackson, C.C.H. Pounder, LaTanya Richardson, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Roger Guenveur Smith, Courtney B. Vance, Vanessa L. Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (75 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; NTSC, region 1; Dolby Surround 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo; aspect ratio 4:3.
Other Titles: Readings from the slave narratives
Responsibility: a Home Box Office presentation ; an HBO Documentary Film in association with the Library of Congress ; produced by Jacqueline Glover, Thomas Lennon ; written by Mark Jonathan Harris ; directed by Ed Bell, Thomas Lennon.

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When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than 4 million slaves were set free. By the late 1930's, 100,000 former slaves were still alive. In the midst of the Great Depression, journalists and writers traveled the country to record the memories of the last generation of African-Americans born into bondage. Over 2,000 interviews were transcribed as spoken, in the vernacular of the time, to form a unique historical record.

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Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

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How can one tell the story of one’s life, a life that is woven into the collective narrative of a people, a country and an era, a story whose central plot will always be fraught with pain, anger or guilt? Slavery remains a contentious topic in American Studies and a difficult one to depict on screen,...
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