Mar 15th 2017

From 1936 to 1939, the New Deal’s Federal Writers’ Project collected life stories from more than 2,300 former African American slaves. In examining the project and its legacy, Catherine Stewart shows it was the product of competing visions of the past, as ex-slaves’ memories of bondage, emancipation, and life as freedpeople were used to craft arguments for and against full inclusion of African Americans in society.

Join us for this free meet-the-author program as Stewart visits the Newberry to discuss her book “Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers’ Project.”

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