Unchained Memories by Spencer Crew
Readings from the Slave Narratives

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Unchained Memories is a riveting compilation of more than forty narratives drawn from interviews with former slaves conducted in the 1930s by the government's Works Progress Administration. The book is an adaptation of HBO's documentary special for 2003, also titled Unchained Memories . From slave auctions to emancipation, the narratives trace the extraordinary experiences of lives spent in slavery.

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the editor of The Bondwoman's Narrative (Warner Books) and co-editor of Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience and has written numerous books. He is director of the Afro-American Studies department at Harvard.Spencer Crew is the director of the National Underground Freedom Center and the former director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.Cynthia Goodman, a writer, curator, and expert on digital media, is organizing the exhibition of Unchained Memories for the Freedom Center.
Published January 1, 2003 by Bulfinch. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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(The WPA's 17-volume set, archived as the Slave Narratives collection, remains available.) After short introductions from Harvard eminence Gates, and Crew and Goodman of the Freedom Center, the editors divide the book into eight chapters ( "Slave Auctions," "Work," "Family," "Living Conditions," ...

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