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StoryCorps Stories

Slavery by Another Name partnered with StoryCorps, one of the largest non-profit oral history projects of its kind, to capture stories for this project.

Recorded by StoryCorps in Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; New York, NY; and in Washington, D.C, these stories were produced by Twin Cities Public Television using archival images and documentary footage.

Stories teach history. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 35,000 interviews from more than 70,000 participants. To record a conversation with StoryCorps, find the location nearest you and reserve an appointment online or by phone. Or record your own story using the free and easy to use Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide which shows you how to record interviews and start your own family archive at home.

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Reflections on Hidden History

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Descendant Dr. Robert Corley talks about the hidden history of forced labor.

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Reflections on Storytelling

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Sam Pollard talks about the importance of storytelling and the influence it's had on him.

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Reflections on Race Relations

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Descendant Dr. Robert Corley on his interest in race relations a convict leasing.

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Reflections on Labor

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Descendant Rod Frazer remembers the types of labor on WD McCurdy's plantation.

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Reflections on the Ku Klux Klan

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Descendant Barbara Belisle remembers visits from the KKK from her childhood.

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Reflections on Convict Labor

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Descendant Dr. Robert Corley describes convict leasing is part of Birmingham’s history.

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Reflections on Dreams

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Sam Pollard discusses his dream project: exploring different cultures through their music.

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Reflections on a Company Town

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Bobby Clayton explains the commissaries and schools in the company town he grew up in.

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Reflections on Re-Enslavement

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Descendant Tonya Groomes reflects on how this re-enslavement has effected so many people.

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Reflections on Birmingham

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Martha Bouyer talks about the history of Birmingham during a StoryCorps interview.

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Reflections on History

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Descendant Rod Frazer reacts to his ancestor's role in convict leasing.

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Reflections on Sharecropping

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U.W. Clemons talked about his grandparents and parents and their lives of sharecropping.

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Reflections on Learning About Family Legacies

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Descendant Kate Willis talks about why exploring family stories is important.

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Reflections on Integration

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Sharon Malone talks about her sister Vivian Malone integrating the University of Alabama.

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Reflections on Peonage

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Descendant Kate Willis describes peonage and how it worked.

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Reflections on Segregation

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Vanessa Cottenham shares her memories of segregation in Montevallo, AL.

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Reflections on Growing Up

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Douglas A. Blackmon's son Michael asks what got him interested in this topic.

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Reflections on John S. Williams

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Descendant Susan Burnore talks about learning the history of her great-grandfather.

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Reflections on Jim Crow

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Descendant Tonya Groomes talks to her dad about his experiences growing up in the South.

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Reflections on Child Convict Labor

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Author Douglas A. Blackmon talks about researching his book “Slavery by Another Name”.

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Reflections on Childhood in a Company Town

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Bobby Clayton describes the Alabaman company company town he grew up in.

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Reflections on Writing

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Douglas A. Blackmon's daughter Colette asks for advice to becoming a writer.

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Reflections on W.D. McCurdy

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Descendant Rod Frazer talks about how his ancestor W.D. McCurdy.

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