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Have you ever seen this?

Ex-Slaves talk about slavery in America (Shocking stories).

From an ABC report back in 1999…


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JEAN L JONES

The Narrative of this article still continues to perpetrate negative concepts of the slave population. I will address only two. First Africas were never unskilled workers. When they were taken from Africa and brought to this Country, they were highly skilled. They were road builders, house builders able to plant and harvest. They could train horses and had various domestic skills. To not acknowledge that this population of people brought into this country unsurpassed skills that were lacking ,again perpetrates the idea that what was brought here were nothing more than dumb humans that were taught everything by their European taskmaster. Most of them that were of age could read and write in their own language and that was stolen from them through years of not being able to continue to pass this culture on generation after generation due to slavery. Africans became enslaved after reaching America and as a result existed this era with a language learned by interacting with European of diverse linguistic skills.
Secondly this statement of giving this freed Africa population right to go to public school somewhat lack knowledge of history. The narrative should reflect that during the reformation, Africans had a significant impact in the legislative branch . At that time they passed laws that allowed a public school system in the United States to be developed for Caucasian and African ethnicities. Africans began to found and build Colleges and universities as early as 1865. Consider Fisk university and MeHarry Medical College in Nashville, TN. It was Africans that opposed the idea of a racially integrated educational system.
The narrative does not accurately reflect the true picture before, during and after the time using enslaved African skills and labor to build the economic base of this country. It tend to ingrain once again that Africans had no value except what now one may need to believe to further put whites in a position of being superior.

Jody

Well said.

tasha
Paula

Recording these first person accounts of slavery was a critical contribution of the WPA, I believe. I am always struck by the strength of character conveyed in their voices, the intelligence of the context they provide and the wonderful richness in the actual language. The wealth of this young country was indeed built on the strong and smart labor of men, women and children in slavery.

Stacy Allen

This was very interesting! Please run it on tv once again! It needs to be shown in classrooms everywhere and on heavy rotation! I don’t think African American youth understand the true struggle and how grateful they should be for all of those people who endured the horrors of Slavery!

Phyllis

Thank you for this.

Patrick

My grandmother was born in 1888. Her mother was a slave.

Donna

Thank you for shareing