Monthly Archives: February 2015

Why is it written the way it is? Who was it written for?

Why is it written the way it is? The narratives usually involve some attempt by the interviewers to reproduce in writing the spoken language of the people they interviewed, in accordance with instructions from the project’s headquarters, the national office … Continue reading

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Spirituals

Spirituals are popular religious hymns which originated in rural areas of America during the era of slavery.  It was an expression of religious faith and a yearning for freedom from bondage.  Songs like Steal Away and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot … Continue reading

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using WPA Slave Narratives

The works of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to interview the surviving ex-slaves of the 1930s are very valuable. These narratives are constantly used for study. Even though these stories from ex-slaves are of worth, … Continue reading

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Piedmont String Music

One of the styles of music that came out of the Piedmont region in the 19th century was strings music. The upbeat songs featured fiddles, banjos, and guitars, and the lyrics often told stories about life in the Piedmont. Hear … Continue reading

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Abner Jordan Interview

Dramatic reading of Abner Jordan’s interview read by Maurice Hines.

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Abner Jordan Artistic Interpretation

Artistic interpretation of Abner Jordan by Maurice Hines .

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Introduction to the Slave Narrative Project

During the Great Depression many government programs were made to create jobs for the large amounts of unemployed Americans. The Work Projects Administration, or WPA, was the largest of these projects. The WPA had the goal of using the many … Continue reading

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