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These “slave narratives” are authentic, first-hand accounts of men and women born into slavery. The interviewees recall their childhood, the American Civil War, their enslavement, and emancipation; and they reflect on their subsequent freedom, itself not without challenges.

The stories are told in the interviewees' own words, and their dialect is perfectly preserved by the transcribers. Their stories are both heart-warming and heart-breaking; rich with detail, documenting the best and worst of humanity during a period of history that still affects life the lives of millions of people today. Includes photographs of the interviewees.