African American History

Addressing topics from the Transatlantic Slave Trade to present day

Narratives & Oral Histories of Enslaved Peoplesscreenshot of an embedded Slaver Narrative document from the Library of Congress collection


“I was growed up when the war come. And I was a mother before it closed. Babies were snatched from their mothers’ breasts and sold to speculators. Children was separated from sisters and brothers and never saw each other again. Course they cry; you think they not cry when they was sold like cattle? I could tell you about it all day, but even then you couldn’t guess the awfulness of it.”

- Delia Garlic, From Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives From the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936–1938

(Part of the The Historic New Orleans Collection, cited below)

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Sources used on this page: 

The Historic New Orleans Collection (Ed.). (n.d.). To Be Sold. The Historic New Orleans Collection. Retrieved January 25, 2023, from purchased-lives-new-orleans-and-domestic-slave-trade/be-sold

(1936) Federal Writers' Project: Slave Narrative Project, Vol. 2, Arkansas, Part 1, Abbott-Byrd. November-December. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, 

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