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This is a must have, must read, must hear book With the sixty nine minute recording of the actual slave interviews from the 1930s, we have the only known recording of the actual voices of actual slaves telling their story Hearing their voices is like being tele ported back in time The book itself also examines those same interviews, primarily through Weevils in the Wheat Interviews with Virginia Ex Slaves Teachers and speakers will want their students and audiences to hear these voices They give voice to the voiceless and bring alive these heroic survivors.Reviewer Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of Beyond the Suffering Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction , Spiritual Friends, and Soul Physicians. In , The New Press published Remembering Slavery, a book and tape set that offered a startling first person history of slavery Using excerpts from the thousands of interviews conducted with ex slaves in the s by researchers working with the Federal Writers Project, the astonishing audiotapes made available the only known recordings of people who actually experienced enslavementrecordings that had gathered dust in the Library of Congress until they were rendered audible for the first time specifically for this set Remembering Slavery received the kind of commercial attention seldom accorded projects of this naturenationwide critical and review coverage as well as extensive coverage on prime time television, including Good Morning America, Nightline, CBS Sunday Morning, and CNN Reviewers called the set chilling and riveting Publishers Weekly and something, truly, truly new The Village Voice Now the groundbreaking book component of the set is available for a new generation of readers This book is a treasure, but the best part is the audio recordings that accompany the entire set I was fortunate enough to buy the original complete set when it first came out I bought the paperbacks used online recently for friends It is hard, if not impossible, to find the complete set of this work The audio recordings which were on cassette tapes played the actual voices of formerly enslaved people from recordings done in the 1930 s It s an eerie yet amazing feeling feeling to experience the presence of actual people, speaking about their lives under slavery rather matter of factly The audio recordings also have actors reading from the diaries of formerly enslaved people, and that s powerful also If you ever find the original set with both the book and the tapes, grab it. One of the most surprising things about this book is how funny and human it is even when it s grim, the real voices ring through the stories A review of this book should either be ten words or ten thousand, so I ll just say that I recommend it without reservation, a beautiful and important document of life in slave times. This is a must read for anyone who has any questions about what it must have felt like to be a slave I learned a lot and highly recommend the book It s written EXACTLY as the interviewee speaks it so it s slow southern reading Sometimes I d have to read the sentence twice to understand what they were getting at, but it s a true representation of what was said so no complaints here I really enjoyed the interviews and the pictures. The content was rich and well thought out, but the sections containing the actual dialogue with the interviewers did not paginate correctly There were whole sections of dialogue that was simply not there. Occasionally, there are some books that move me.This set is one of them.I cannot really say I like it As the subject matter how to put it Sickens me Putting myself into the places of such folks, makes me want to cry.For the lives lost by the Slavers, their impacts, not only from the day Humanity first took a slave, to the current child sex slavery still rampant in the world today.The anecdotes have been filtered We re not getting the full and complete picture They ve been filtered by the collectors of the original tales They ve been filtered by the ex slaves who told their tales and were still afraid of the consequences of telling the truth And undoubtedly they ve been expurgated by the censors of yesteryear.And even what has been filtered and sanitized.is nauseating.If a White Supremacist spoke in front of me and stated Blacks were better off under Slavery , right now, I don t know that I could be able to resist knocking the crap out of the bastard.To turn a human being, into a thing. I began reading this book one afternoon and couldn t get it out of my mind I picked it up at every opportunity and had finished it in less than 24 hours The ex slaves interviewed were almost all denied even the most elementary education in their youth, but they succeed in expressing eloquently what it was like to be considered somebody s property It s one of those very rare books that gives you the opportunity to almost breathe the air of a time long past.The book consists of excerpts from interviews of ex slaves, conducted in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration, and in the 1940s by people interested in folk music and practices The editors group them into categories like family, work, the Civil War, and freedom Some of the respondents appear repeatedly in different chapters, with excerpts related to different topics I think this is effective than transcribing long interviews Some of the interviewers exaggerated the dialect of the ex slaves, using words like wuz instead of was even though there is no difference in the pronunciation The editors haven t eliminated these peculiarities, with the result that some are easier to read than others.In some cases, you can see the prejudices of the interviewers showing through Around 70 years have passed since the earliest of the interviews, and what was considered enlightened in the 1930s can sound condescending now The respondents almost certainly responded cautiously to questions that might elicit answers that would offend the white interviewers.2 cassette tapes accompany the book, containing radio transmissions that contained some original interviews, recuperated from ancient tapes, interspersed with other interviews read aloud by actors, in cases where only a written transcript was available I would have rather had a CD of this radio show, as tape players are beginning to get scarce However, many of the original taped interviews are available free as mp3 downloads from the US Library of Congress.I also enjoyed the photos that accompany the book, portraits of the elderly ex slaves at the time of the interviews. What a fantastic book The cassette tapes are something that most historians dream about hearing, first hand accounts of one of the most turbulent periods of history Although you get the impression that many people held back on their accounts due to the fact that the interviewers were white and this was the 1930s South, the testimonies are still shocking to say the least This book puts an end, once and for all, to any theories implying there was a benevolent side to the South s peculiar institution What it reveals is the evidence that power does indeed corrupt and that such things as slavery must be stopped immediately and without exception It defies belief that humans were allowed to treat each other in such a way and even sell a person with no regard than selling a table or a chair.The book also provides a valuable insight into the mentality of the slaveholders and the methods they used to dellude themselves that slavery was not only natural, but actually sanctioned by God.The fact that the interviewees survived such horrors with their sanity, humanity and dignity intact bears testament to the courage and strength of the human spirit ever under the most horrendous conditions Truly an inspiration.