Remembering Slavery

African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation

The groundbreaking book-and-audio set is available on MP3 audio CDs

“This project will enrich every American home and classroom.” —Publishers Weekly

Nearly ten years ago, The New Press published Remembering Slavery, a book-and-tape set that offered a startling first-person history of slavery. Using excerpts from the thousands of interviews conducted with ex-slaves in the 1930s by researchers working with the Federal Writers’ Project, the astonishing audiotapes made available the only known recordings of people who actually experienced enslavement—recordings that had gathered dust in the Library of Congress until they were rendered audible for the first time specifically for this set.

Remembering Slavery received the kind of commercial attention seldom accorded projects of this nature—nationwide critical and review coverage as well as extensive coverage on prime-time television, including Good Morning America, Nightline, CBS Sunday Morning, and CNN. The tapes have been aired repeatedly on public radio stations across the country. Reviewers called the set “chilling . . . [and] riveting” (Publishers Weekly) and “something, truly, truly new” (The Village Voice).

Now this groundbreaking set is available for a new generation of readers and listeners, offering remastered compact discs in MP3 format of the extensive original live recordings of interviews with former slaves.

Praise

“As vital and necessary a historical document as anyone has ever produced in this country.”
The Boston Globe
“Quite literally, history comes alive in this unparalleled work.”
Library Journal
“Ira Berlin’s fifty-page introduction is as good a synthesis of current scholarship as one will find, with fresh insights for any reader.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Gripping and poignant. . . . Moving recollections fill a void in the slavery literature.”
The Washington Post Book World
“Invaluable.”
Chicago Tribune
“Chilling [and] riveting. . . . This project will enrich every American home and classroom.”
Publishers Weekly
“Moving recollections fill a void in the slavery literature.”
The Washington Post
“Ira Berlin's fifty-page introduction is as good a synthesis of current scholarship as one will find, filled with fresh insights for any reader.”
The San Diego Union Tribune

Books by these authors

Free at Last
A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War

Ira Berlin, Barbara J. Fields, Steven F. Miller, Joseph P. Reidy, Leslie S. Rowland