Slavery Time When I Was Chillun Down On Master's Plantation
Edited by Ronald Killion and Charles Waller
Hardcover, 167 pp
From the Publisher:
During the 1930’s the last former slaves were disappearing from the American scene. These men and women were the last living witnesses to slavery in the United States, and this was the final opportunity to learn from them what slavery was really, intimately like. Field workers of the Federal Writer’s Project were dispatched to ask them about plantation life, their living quarters, food, clothing, work punishment, sales, education, religion, runaways, holidays, weddings, funerals, the Civil War and freedom. These interviews are sources of factual detail and an essential understanding of slave live which can be found in no other place. As factual documents, the interviews provide fascinating footnotes to our knowledge of slavery: the everyday events of plantation living have never been so plainly stated. The interviews reveal most of all the plain truth that slavery was a human situation, not an arbitrary, inflexible system of law and economics. They depict human beings, not just types, masters and slaves trying to get along together. It is exciting and important to hear the slaves speak for themselves. This volume contains complete interviews with eighteen slaves, plus selections from the reminiscences of fifty further slaves. It has been illustrated with evocative early photographs of plantation life in Georgia at the end of the nineteenth century.
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