My Folks Don't Want Me to Talk about Slavery

My Folks Don't Want Me to Talk about Slavery

by Belinda Hurmence (Editor)

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Overview

Former slaves themselves—an important but long-neglected source of information about the institution of slavery in the United States. Who could better describe what slavery was like than the people who experienced it? And describe it they did, in thousands of remarkable interviews sponsored by the Federal Writers’ Project during the 1930s. More than 170 interviews were conducted in North Carolina. Belinda Hurmence pored over each of the North Carolina narratives, compiling and editing 21 of the first-person accounts for this collection.

Belinda Hurmence was born in Oklahoma, raised in Texas, and educated at the University of Texas and Columbia University. She has written several novels for young people, including Tough Tiffany (an ALA Notable Book), A Girl Called Boy (winner of the Parents' Choice Award), Tancy (winner of a Golden Kite Award), and The Nightwalker.

She has also edited We Lived in a Little Cabin in the Yard and Before Freedom, When I Just Can Remember , companion volumes to this book. She now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780895870391
Publisher: Blair
Publication date: 01/01/1984
Series: Real Voices, Real History
Pages: 104
Sales rank: 505,348
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Belinda Hurmence was born in Oklahoma, raised in Texas, and educated at the University of Texas and Columbia University. She has written several novels for young people, including Tough Tiffany (an ALA Notable Book), A Girl Called Boy (winner of the Parents' Choice Award), Tancy (winner of a Golden Kite Award), and The Nightwalker.

She has also edited We Lived in a Little Cabin in the Yard and Before Freedom, When I Just Can Remember , companion volumes to this book. She now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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My Folks Don't Want Me to Talk about Slavery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lamour on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
During the the 1930's, The Federal Writers' Project was an initiative to create work for jobless writers & researchers. Some of these people were sent out to interview former slaves before they all died. This book is a collection of some of the 170 interviews that were done in North Carolina. It is fascinating to read the different treatment by different masters on the same road. Even more intriguing is the different treatment meted out to slaves on the same plantation by the master & the mistress. Contrary to what you may think, at least two of the memoirs in this volume tell of plantations where the master was a caring man who did not use physical punishment while the mistress was a terror with whip. Some of these men & women look back on the slavery period with fondness. They had warm shelter & good clothes both of which they did have after freedom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Folks Don't Want Me To Talk About Slavery' is a book compiled of condensed life stories from former slaves who were still living in the 1930's.The interviewers were from the Federal Writers project, and they went around finding these old slaves and put on paper what they had to say! It was one old slave name Thomas, and he was so mad and upset at these white people for going around trying to get his story and others to. That he told them not to publish his words,but they did anyway.This collection proves that as foul as it was/is to own another human being, the reality of American slavery was far more complex than we can understand. I felt like the book could be more powerful then it was if they had black people interviewing these slaves. Or black people interviewing each other, that way they could have got more information and insite on slavery back then.I ask if u decided to read this book, please read it with an open mind, and most of all understanding.