Before Freedom, When I Just Can Remember: Twenty-Seven Oral Histories of Former South Carolina Slaves

Before Freedom When I Just Can Remember Twenty Seven Oral Histories of Former South Carolina Slaves Shares personal accounts of what it was like to live under slavery
  • Title: Before Freedom, When I Just Can Remember: Twenty-Seven Oral Histories of Former South Carolina Slaves
  • Author: Belinda Hurmence
  • ISBN: 9780895870698
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shares personal accounts of what it was like to live under slavery.
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    2 thoughts on “Before Freedom, When I Just Can Remember: Twenty-Seven Oral Histories of Former South Carolina Slaves

    1. Belinda Hurmence Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Before Freedom, When I Just Can Remember: Twenty-Seven Oral Histories of Former South Carolina Slaves book, this is one of the most wanted Belinda Hurmence author readers around the world.

    2. Like Elie Wiesel s Night, these firsthand accounts of a horrific episode of human history are above criticism It is fascinating, in an academic way, to read about the American slavery experience from the slaves themselves, rather than the extensive secondhand literature You get a sense of which elements were cherry picked for cinema and which were overlooked Most shocking is their manner of describing it The vast majority of subjects answered, when asked whether slavery was a bad thing, in the n [...]

    3. I had very mixed feelings about the content as a whole of this book The government created jobs for people back in the depression, and one of the jobs was to interview the last surviving people who had been born into slavery back in the 1840 s and 50 s These people were, at the time of the interviews, very elderly, and were living through the hardship of the depression Their remembrances of slavery and the farms and plantations they lived on so many years ago seemed very strange Most thought the [...]

    4. OK I love narratives and interviews, case studies and similar real tales from history This one made me think on many levels, but left me with something stuck in my crawSome of these are rounded descriptions, but I note that for the most part, the included interviews are of those who appreciated their positions as slaves, and loved their masters Is this because those treated gently lived long enough to be interviewed, or was it selection of the editors

    5. Primary source history is usually worthy of five stars, regardless Some objections to this book are how 90 year old former slaves looked back on slavery 70 80 years in their past with some nostalgia This is exactly what makes this telling, that people could look back on such a thing and find something positive it makes a statement about the pervasiveness of racism and how slavery effected the self worth of former slaves and how freedom can be a foreign concept due to the lack of educational enli [...]

    6. Yes, there are problems with trusting these primary accounts, but I still felt I learned from reading them Hurmence s introduction points out the flaws of taking these accounts as a perfect picture of life as a slave, and I recommend reading it first to put the narratives in perspective I loved reading 80 and 90 year old reflections on life as a slave Although prompted by specific questions from the Great Depressions Federal Writers Project, I still feel that I gained a fuller understanding of l [...]

    7. This is a small historical book of epic proportions It is 27 interviews of former South Carolina slaves The stories tell of their lives as slaves, the good, the bad, and their perspectives of the Civil War and their Freedoml of these people were interviewed in their 80, 90, 100 years oldduring the 1930 s.Hindsight may have changed their views but their individual stories are captured in these interviews Amazing stories A truly good read for anyone interested in our country s history.

    8. A fantastic compilation of stories by slaves taken from their oral histories Really compelling and brings to life these wonderful people Though tragically treated at the beginnings of their lives, they retain humor, joy, intelligence and life within their recollections.

    9. These actual interviews from the 1030s were commissioned by the U.S government are words straight from the mouths of slaves These are old African Americans who lived through slavery They are short and to the point The old way they have of speaking is sometimes hard to understand but the stories should be read by every American Like I sometimes used to think although it took me years to think about it, the Union army were not all wonderful soldiers who came to rescue the black people Many not onl [...]

    10. This book recounts the interviews of 27 former slaves interviewed under the New Deal s Federal Writers Project of the 30 s Over 2,000 former slaves were sought out and their narratives recorded in an effort to preserve the history of American life under and post slavery as well as put unemployed writers back to work The slave histories gives a view into slave life, but these interviews were conducted some 65 years post slavery and the stories are about life under reconstruction Reconstruction g [...]

    11. I found this book on the street in Williamsburg, and I m glad I rescued it It s a slim volume of oral histories taken from former slaves back in the 1930 s Several striking things about it the accounts of day to day life in the antebellum South, the particulars of slave culture, the brutality of it all, the language these very old people use to describe their former livesd surprisingly, the nostalgic lens through which most of them view their time as slaves Several reasons for that, I think the [...]

    12. Highly edited collection of oral rememberances of the last generation of slaves in the American South Difficult to comprehend at times due to phonetic spelling and period slang Interesting, touching and also somewhat sad One wonders if the rememberances, which mostly seem to be fond memories, are a symptom of old age forgetfulness or a psychological repression of actual facts Nevertheless, worth a read if only to read between the lines and get a sense of the slaves impressions of the times and t [...]

    13. The power of this book lies in its authenticityr this, I could have given it a five star The words of those who experience historical events lend an element of truth that historians and or critics can only merely attempt to explain or critique A valuable insight beyond the factual information expressed through the words of those who were born in slavery is how a limited reality can control one s perceptions of the world.

    14. This is a collection of Slave Narratives taken from the WPA project in the 1930s Each state has its own book, and this was South Carolina s Some of the stories are moving, some funny, and some infuriating Well worth the brief time it takes to read this slim volume.

    15. Authentic memories from some very lid people One had to put the memories in perspective Still it is very interesting to read first hand about slavery in the state of South Carolina.

    16. Interesting first hand accounts of living in slavery from the national archives Gives you a lot of insight.

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