The shortest is two pages Frank Bell ; the longest is eight pages Gus Smith. I truly do not believe that the American White as well as the African American comprehend the true nature of slavery in the south. The Union army freed them but did little else and the average postwar wages reported by the slaves in these accounts is rather low. Each person interviewed was born a slave and then was freed through emancipation. Also Lorenze Brodie and John Brodie and their families moved back. You could hear a pin drop everything was so quiet.
Truthful, hearbreaking, takes you back to the ancestors struggle, very well written. These personal narratives shine a light on one of the darkest eras of our nation's history. Slaves were whooping and laughing and acting like they were crazy. It was forbidden for them to learn to read. This is one of the most startling yet enlightening books I have ever read. They went to the icehouse and got several barrels of brandy: such a time! This edition contains 34 of those, ranging from truly horrific experiences to those that were almost familial between master and slave. Not everyone jumped at the chance to go out to the unknown.
A pond was located on the place and in winter ice was gathered there for summer use and stored in an ice house which was built in the grove where the other buildings were. In them, we hear from men and women, house slaves and fields hands, those who considered their masters good and those who feared them, those conscripted to aide the Confederate Army and those who fled and helped the Union Army, and much more. But they would not teach any of us to read and write. These stories are not easy to read, but they provide unique look into the darkest part of American history. As a middle aged black male, these books have given me an interesting perspective as to why we still have lingering racial problems today. Hundreds of thousands of black people who were taught to depend on the largess of their white masters as the only way to live, were plunged into contemptible, humiliating poverty; swept under the feet of the vanquished foe that once enslaved them.
Yetman has selected 34 interviews for this 2002 publication. An illuminating source of information. Many of the authors in this book were in their 90s to 100 years old but their memory served them so well to offer such details of what took place while in slavery! This is a one-of-a-kind collection well worth buying, reading, and re-reading. They called the slaves, saying, You are free. Marster had a large apple orchard in the Tar River low grounds and up on higher ground and nearer the plantation house there was on one side of the road a large plum orchard and on the other side was an orchard of peaches, cherries, quinces, and grapes. What I found interesting was the age of all of these slaves.
We stayed with Marster and Missus and went to their church, the Maple Springs Baptist Church, until they died. One of the projects was the establishment of the Slave Narrative Collection, a set of over 2,000 interviews with former slaves, then in their 80's or older, about their lives under slavery. One woman told of her 8 month old baby sister being beaten to death by the Missus, for crying. This book really impacted me. An illuminating source of information.
I went and got them. In this book the author uses several aspects of craft. If not, they were considered a vagrant and ushered to jail. Editor Norman Yetman carefully selected 34 memoirs from that collection and published them in this book. Then one day I heard something that sounded like thunder and Marster and Missus began to walk around and act queer. Most of the time sad, disturbing, and infuriating. Even from the hatred of the whites and the mistreatment of the African race, people were still willing to forgive.
Yetman has selected 34 interviews for this 2002 publication. You can treat it good and feed it and give it everything it seems to want - but if you open the cage - it's happy. This book taught me that even when my times get hard in life and when I feel that I am struggling that nothing compares to what they went through. The story's are transcribed in two manners; in the slang and manner in which the person spoke and others in correct English and, or corrected english, which was the work of those doing the transcribing. It has made me a stronger inside to see that I come from such a strong culture in history.
Walker Disclosure: Any books donated for review purposes are in turn donated to a library. They all lived a hard life. It is, and always will be, a fascinating subject to think that our American ancestors could treat one another in such a cold-hearted manner. The dichotomy of the narratives in this regard is so striking that it is beyond words. I had previously read some slave narratives so I knew what to expect.
The lives these people lived back then covers a gamut. One of them murders his slave's wife and has him dispose of the body in the Mississippi River. You will hear of utter wicked slave owners along side compassionate, kind slave owners who truly cared for their own slaves as human beings, yet still kept them as slaves! Yet, regardless of their condition, all of them pointed out how greatly they longed for freedom. Most of the stories include how they learned of their freedom. Only the more intelligent were in favor of the Union army.
There are a total of 34 narratives from slaves throughout the south. Then I has trouble sure. There is simply no way to describe the less-than-human conditions that slaves endured except to read their travails for yourself. Yetman has assembled a very strong selection of interviews for this collection. But rightfully so, after slavery ended, many slaves had it rough because of the racism and segregation. And the Negroes would say, Yes, Marster.