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Voices from the Days of Slavery

By Linda C. Joseph - Posted Jan 15, 2012
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For January 15, 2012: Listen to former slaves describe their lives in Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories.  Between 1932 and 1975, the American Folklife Center at the Library Congress conducted interviews with 23 individuals who were born between 1823 and 1860.  Seven hours of recordings depict the life of slaves and freedmen.  The interviews allow the listener to hear them singing songs and speaking in the dialect that reflects their heritage. Transcriptions of the recordings and biographies of the interviewers are included to enhance the listening experience.

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