“A rich source of cultural information . . . Eloquent and important. It stands as a group portrait of people not long dead, all brutally deprived of their freedom, some insidiously deprived of the very idea that they should be free.” The New York Times
The Slaves Remember
978-0-8021-3868-2 • $16.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2002
In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration commissioned an oral history of the remaining former slaves. Bullwhip Days is a remarkable compendium of selections from these extraordinary interviews, providing an unflinching portrait of the world of government-sanctioned slavery of Africans in America. Here are twenty-nine full narrations, as well as nine sections of excerpts related to particular aspects of slave life, from religion to plantation life to the Reconstruction era. Skillfully edited, these chronicles bear eloquent witness to the trials of slaves in America, reveal the wide range of conditions of human bondage, and provide sobering insight into the roots of racism in today’s society.