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Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Freedom

A book and tape set featuring the only known original recordings of interviews with former slaves, to be aired on public radio simultaneous with publication Dramatic readings by prominent African Americans of untaped interviews complement to incomparable recordings, to create a full, firsthand picture of African American life before emancipation 50 bw photos.Additio A book and tape set featuring the only known original recordings of interviews with former slaves, to be aired on public radio simultaneous with publication Dramatic readings by prominent African Americans of untaped interviews complement to incomparable recordings, to create a full, firsthand picture of African American life before emancipation 50 bw photos.Additional Synopsis.The majority of the slaves interviewed for this project in Chapter 1 lived through the same brutality near starvation constant beatings worked from dawn to dust and being sold off if they don t behave, never sure of what they did wrong As strange as this may sound to us, their masters were their mentors, no matter their age Slaves learned to be the man of the house without a house or a wife Written in their words, although Gragston s were clearer with less slavespeak Painful A successful escape could be oh so sweet Arnold Gragston, a Kentucky slave, ferried scores of slaves across the river to freedom in Ohio before gaining his own liberty Before I got it, though, I helped a lot of others get theirs Lawd only knows how many might have been as much as two three hundred It was way than a hundred, I know.But that all come after I was a young man grown enough to know a pretty girl when I saw one, and to go chasing after her, too One night I had gone to another plantation, courtin , and the old woman whose house I went to told me she had a real pretty girl there who wanted to go across the river and would I take her I was scared and backed out in a hurry But then I saw the girl, and she was such a little thing, brown skinned and kinda rosy, and looking as scared as I was feelin , so it wasn t long before I was listenin to the old woman tell me when to take her and where to leave her on the other side I didn t have nerve enough to do it that night, though, and I told them to wait for until tomorrow night All the next day I kept seeing Mister Tabb laying a rawhide across my back, or shootin me, and kept seeing that scared little brown girl back at the house, lookin at me with her big eyes and asking me if I wouldn t just row her across to Ripley Me and Mr Tabb lost, and soon as dust settled that night I was at the old lady s house I don t know how I ever rowed the boat across the river the current was strong and I was trembling I couldn t see a thing there in the dark, but I felt that girl s eyes We didn t dare to whisper, so I couldn t tell her how sure I was that Mr Tabb or some of the other owners would tear me up when they found out what I had done I just knew they would find out I didn t stay in Ripley, though I wasn t taking no chances I went to Detroit and still live there with most of 10 children and 31 grandchildren The bigger ones don t care so much about hearin it now, but the little ones never get tired of hearin how their grandpa brought Emancipation to loads of slaves he could touch and feel, but never could see I felt the need to write Mr Gragston s remarks last, which ended Chapter 1, The Faces of Power Slaves and Owners Pp 3 70 Next, Chapter 11, Work and Slave Life From Can to Can t This book is not an easy read for me, but I m hanging in.Minnie E Miller

Title : Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Freedom
Author :  Ira Berlin
Language : English
Isbn : 1565844254
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 355 pages

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