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I Was Born in Slavery: Personal Accounts of Slavery in Texas (Real Voices, Real History Series) e-book

Author:

Andrew Waters

Language:

English

Category:

History

Subcategory:

Americas

ePub size:

1321 kb

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Rating:

4.7

Publisher:

Blair; 1 edition (February 1, 2003)

Pages:

208

ISBN:

0895872749

I Was Born in Slavery: Personal Accounts of Slavery in Texas (Real Voices, Real History Series) e-book

by Andrew Waters


I Was Born in Slavery book.

When you think of early Texas history, you think of freedom fighters at the Alamo . You usually don't think too much about slavery in the Lone Star State.

Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Michelle Shocklee is a Rocky Mountain girl at heart.

document their lives during slavery

Although slavery existed in Texas only from the second . product description page. I Was Born in Slavery - (Real Voices, Real History Series) (Paperback).

Series: Real Voices, Real History.

The history of slavery in Texas, as a colonial territory, later Republic in 1836, and .

When you think of early Texas history, you think of freedom fighters at the Alamo and rugged cowboys riding the plains. You usually don’t think too much about slavery in the Lone Star State. Although slavery existed in Texas only from the second decade of the 19th century to the close of the Civil War, the majority of early settlers came to Texas from other Southern states. When they moved westward, they brought their slaves with them. When the Federal Writers’ Project sent interviewers across Texas to find former slaves and document what their lives were like during slavery, they filed over 590 slave narratives, the largest collection of any state. The 28 selections in I Was Born in Slavery show that Texas slaves had their own distinctive voices, often colored by their Western culture. Lu Lee, who lived in what was then Cook County, describes seeing Indians pass by the house every day, observing droves of wild horses, and watching wolves grab “a big, good-sized calf in small time.” James Cape, interviewed in Fort Worth, speaks affectionately about his favorite horse and tells about working as a cowhand for a cattle rustler before escaping to Missouri to work on Jesse James’s farm. Sam Jones Washington, a slave on a ranch along the Colorado River, describes how he once diverted a cattle stampede. He ends his description by saying that “if them cattle stamp you to death, Gabriel sho’ blow the horn for you then!” Along with descriptions of the frontier, the words of these slaves provide poignant insights into what it was like to live as a slave in this area. Through their voices, we are given a moving glimpse into an important part of American history.

Andrew Waters is a writer and former editor. A native North Carolinian, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Honors in Creative Writing and received a graduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the executive director of the Spartanburg Area Conservancy in Spartanburg, SC.


Arith
It was a fascinating book about former slaves interviewed during the WPA project in the 1930's. It was fascinating to find out the statistics and other information about their lives post slavery, and especially where they lived when interviewed. The variety of experiences while they were slaves is fairly significant, and feelings about their owners have more of a range than I would've expected. I can't imagine anyone who appreciates history and societal issues who would not appreciate this book.
Perilanim
I'm an author of historical fiction and discovering this book was like discovering gold! To read the actual words of former slaves was invaluable to my research for my novel set on a cotton plantation in 1858 Texas. As a resident of Texas, I feel it's important to know our history -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. Slavery most definitely fits in the bad and ugly. How I wish I could sit at the feet of the precious people interviewed for this book and hear their stories firsthand. But since I can't, this book is the next-best thing!
Dianalmeena
The book has been enlightening and a really good read.
Bolanim
very interesting book

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