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The Library of Congress’ Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 to 1938 collection “contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration, later renamed Work Projects Administration (WPA).”

In addition, though I don’t think it’s that clearly visible, there are also many suggestions on how teachers can use them.

You can find them by going here and, underneath the top image, seeing “Overview | History | Critical Thinking | Arts & Humanities.” Click on either “History,” “Critical Thinking,” or “Arts & Humanities,” and then underneath each one you’ll find a ton of links that will, in turn, lead you to specific lesson ideas.

Coincidentally, the same day I learned about this resource the Montgomery Advertiser published an interactive headlined ‘Where was the Lord?’: On Jefferson Davis’ birthday, 9 slave testimonies. It provides very accessible excerpts from the Slave Narratives.

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites To Teach About African-American History.