For January 15, 2006: Part of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute's New Deal Network, a research and teaching resource devoted to the public works and arts projects of the New Deal, Been Here So Long: Selections from the WPA American Slave Narratives <http://newdeal.feri.org/asn/asn00.htm> is a great starting point for teachers to use with students.
Seventeen American Slave Narratives have been selected from approximately 2,300 that were compiled by the Federal Writers Project. The Table of contents consists of the name of the narrator, his/her state, and a sample quotation. This format gives students a brief overview of the representative narratives. There is also a topical index for finding information quickly on daily life, conditions, education, family, and work. Three lesson plans will facilitate the examination of the documents and engage students in thinking about the experiences of African Americans under the institution of slavery.
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