Reading Slavery, Writing Freedom


Reading Slavery, Writing Freedom


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Digital Scholarship Project

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Betsy Bowen (Principal Investigator)

Project Type

Faculty Original Project

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“Reading Slavery, Writing Freedom” examines the literacy experiences of the last generation of Americans who were enslaved, using an interactive digital map. Between 1936 and 1938, the Federal Writers’ Project undertook a unique project: to interview the last generation of Americans who had been born in slavery. Interviewers in 17 states collected more than 2,300 first-hand accounts of life in and after slavery. “Reading Slavery, Writing Freedom” tells some of their stories.

Reading Slavery, Writing Freedom