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Bullwhip Days

The Slaves Remember: An Oral History
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In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration commissioned an oral history of the remaining former slaves. Bullwhip Days is a remarkable compendium of selections from these extraordinary interviews, providing an unflinching portrait of the world of government-sanctioned slavery of Africans in America. Here are 29 full narrations, as well as nine sections of excerpts related to particular aspects of slave life, from religion to plantation life to the Reconstruction era. Skillfully edited, these chronicles bear eloquent witness to the trials of slaves in America, reveal the wide range of conditions of human bondage, and provide sobering insight into the roots of racism in today's society.

©1988 James Mellon. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Norficia Overton
  • 23-10-17


this book is a must-read very informative the performance makes you feel like you're sitting there during the interview yourself very lifelike

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