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Locating Enslaved People's [ Ex-Slave] Narratives: Primary and Secondary Sources

Of interest...

Available at the Holland and Terrell Libraries:

Afro-American history series. Collection 2. Slave narratives. (reprint of monographs published 1838-1968) Wilmington Del., Scholarly Resources  1972 (?)     E 444 .A4

On microfilm: Life and Adventure of james williams a fugitive slave with full description of the underground railroad. Western Americana, Frontier History of the Trans-Mississippi West, 1550-1900 ; 6228  Reel 604 No. 6228

Other Primary Sources: Databases

Locating Slave Narratives

Slave narratives have been published since the mid-1700s in various forms (mostly books or printed pamphlets). In the United States, many slave narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writer's Project, part of the Works Project Administration (WPA), a program funded by the government to employ people during the Great Depression. You'll find narratives in print works collected in the WSU Libraries, and online.

Critical Perspectives

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