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Slavery and the Making of AmericaPicture of slave women cultivating a village garden in Central Africa, Courtesy of the University of Virginia Library
Time and Place Slave Memories Resources The Slave Experience

K-12 Learning
Intro Historical Fiction Primary Sources Lesson Plans Virtual Museum Credits
Historical Readings: Primary Sources
Below is a list of primary-source materials available throughout the SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA Web site, which is organized by themes. Under each theme is a list of the primary-source documents available. HISTORICAL FICTION readings for all grade levels are also available to use with your students.
WPA Slave Narratives

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
resource documents/wpa.html

In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration sponsored a Federal Writers' Project dedicated to chronicling the experience of slavery as remembered by former slaves. Their stories were recorded and transcribed.

Slave Memories

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/memories/
A Flash Interactive with audio clips of first hand accounts recorded by the WPA.

Books for Students
http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
resource documents/kids.html

A resource of books written about slavery for children and teens.

Legal Rights and Government

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/legal/narratives.html

Transcribed interviews with audio clips of personal slave narratives relating to the theme of legal rights and government.

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/legal/docs.html

Primary-source documents related to legal rights and government -- includes legal documents, court papers, pamplets and more.

The Family

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/family/narratives.html

Transcribed interviews with audio clips of personal slave narratives relating to the theme of family.

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/family/docs.html

Primary-source documents related to the slave family -- includes newspaper articles and ads, letters, journal writing, and narratives.

Men, Women and Gender

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/gender/narratives.html

Transcribed interviews with audio clips of personal slave narratives relating to the theme of men, women and gender.

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/gender/docs.html

Primary-source documents related to the theme of men, women and gender -- includes speeches and sermons, pamphlets, newspaper articles and ads, journal writings, and narratives.


Living Conditions

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/living/narratives.html

Transcribed interviews with audio clips of personal slave narratives relating to the theme of living conditions.

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/living/docs.html

Primary-source documents related to the theme of slave living conditions -- includes laws and proclamations, letters, journal writings, narratives, poetry and literature.

Education, Arts, & Culture

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/education/narratives.html

Personal Narratives including transcribed interviews with audio clips of personal slave narratives relating to the theme of education, arts and culture.

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/education/docs.html

Primary-source documents related the theme of education, arts and culture -- includes laws and proclamations, meeting minutes, pamplets, petitions, letters, and narratives.

Religion

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/religion/narratives.html

Transcribed interviews with audio clips of personal slave narratives relating to the theme of religion.

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/religion/docs.html

Primary-source documents related to the theme of religion -- includes laws and proclamations, speeches, sermons, pamphlets, petitions, narratives, music, and lyrics.

Responses to Enslavement

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/responses/narratives.html

Transcribed interviews with audio clips of personal slave narratives relating to the theme of responding to enslavement.

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/responses/docs.html

Primary-source documents related to responding to enslavement -- includes laws and proclamations, court records, newspaper articles and ads, letters, narratives, journal writings, music and lyrics.

Freedom and Emancipation

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/freedom/narratives.html

Transcribed interviews with audio clips of personal slave narratives relating to the theme of freedom and emancipation.

http://www.pbs.org/slavery/
experience/freedom/docs.html

Primary-source documents relating to freedom and emancipation -- includes laws and proclamations, personal records, speeches, sermons, newspaper articles and ads, letters and journal writings.


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