Slave Narrative of Ellen Payne

During the Great Depression, writers and journalists working under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) interviewed more than 2,300 former slaves across the American South. The leaders of this Federal Writers’ Project believed, as…

Slave Narrative of Eda Rains

During the Great Depression, journalists and writers working under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) interviewed more than 2,300 former slaves across the American South. The stories these writers recorded were then published in…

Slave Narrative of Daphne Williams

The Federal Writers' Project entitled "Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves" encompasses a rich oral history of slavery from those who experienced it. Completed between 1936 and 1938…

Slave Narrative of Charlotte Beverly

In an effort to chronicle the experiences of people who had once been enslaved, the Federal Writers' Project collected interviews and photographs of more than 2,300 former slaves. The results of this initiative, organized to provide employment during…

Slave Narrative of Betty Simmons

During the Great Depression, the U.S. Government funded a special Federal Writers' Project to support authors like John Steinbeck and Ralph Ellison. As part of this effort, the government also paid interviewers to record the personal stories of…

Slave Narrative of Callie Shepherd

During the Great Depression, more than 2,300 former slaves were interviewed by writers and journalists working under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The leaders of this project believed, as historian Norman R. Yetman has…