Witnessing Slavery -- Interpreting Slave Testimony in U.S. History



Spring 2014

HIUS 3262

Witnessing Slavery -- Interpreting Slave Testimony in U.S. History

Kirt von Daacke

This course examines the history of slaves and slavery in eighteenth and nineteenth century America as revealed by the testimony of slaves themselves. It focuses on the important roles slavery and changing notions of race have played in American history, the endurance of African culture in America, African-American agency, and how African-Americans developed their own ideas about work, family, culture, community, and power. Students will critically examine slave testimony through extended written analysis of slave narratives and WPA interviews with former slaves.



Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22904



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