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Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Catherine A. Stewart


From 1936 to 1939, the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration collected life stories from more than 2,300 former slaves. These narratives are now widely used as a source to understand the experience of African Americans who made the transition from slavery to freedom. But in this examination of the project and its legacy, Catherine A. Stewart shows how the WPA slave narratives were shaped by competing visions of the past, as ex-slaves' memories of bondage, emancipation, and life as freedmen and freedwomen were used to craft arguments for and against full inclusion of Afr ... More

Keywords: Works Progress Administration, WPA, Federal Writers’ Project, African Americans, American history, New Deal, ex-slaves, slave narratives, slavery, freedmen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469626260
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine A. Stewart, author