This set contains: two sixty-minute audiotapes that include original live recordings of interviews with former slaves and dramatic readings by celebrities from written interviews; and, a hardcover book that includes a comprehensive introductory essay by preeminent slavery historian Ira Berlin, chapters on aspects of slave life, including relationships with owners, work, family culture, the Civil War, and Emancipation; complete transcript of the live recordings and dramatic readings of interviews with former slaves, contained on the companion tapes; extensive additional interviews with former slaves; little-known period photographs, including some of the former slaves interviewed on the companion tapes.
Slavery as memory and history -- The faces of power: slaves and owners -- Work and slave life: "from can to can't" -- Family life in slavery: "our folks" -- Slave culture: "honest and fair service to the Lord and all mankind everywhere" -- Slaves no more: Civil War and the coming of freedom -- Appendixes : 1. "Remembering Slavery": the radio documentary -- 2. Recordings of slave narratives and related materials in the Archive of Folk Culture, Library of Congress
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