There is nothing like oral history. These first hand accounts of the horrors and inhumanity of slavery are invaluable. What I appreciate the most is the inclusion of the struggles of African Americans upon emancipation at the end of the Civil War. This man is over 100 years old at the time of this interview - not difficult to understand why it is hard to understand him periodically. More often than not, however, he is quite clear. Particularly, with regard to choosing between being slave or free- no question as to where he stands. Note: There are some things about slavery he would rather not discuss. He does note, however, that some African Americans would choose to return to their former status- Jim Crow made life so unbearable for most of them in the South. This is reality at its best. Can't wait for my students to listen to this interview and follow along with the transcript.
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