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Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938

“Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938,” a project of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of formerly enslaved African Americans. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume “Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves”. This online collection includes more than 200 photographs from the Prints and Photographs Division that are now made available to the public for the first time. It is an excellent resource for those seeking first-hand accounts of nineteenth century African American history.

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This program was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program.