Modern American History

Week 1
Go to Bruce Fort’s American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology of the narratives of former slaves compiled from interviews conducted under the guidance of the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. Find the Annotated Index of Narratives and review the profiles of some of the freed people who took part in the project. Select several of the narratives for closer analysis. Black southerners sought respect, land, and the rights of citizenship. What did freedom mean? Did the nation miss an historic opportunity to create a multiracial society? The events of Reconstruction are said to have cast a long shadow over race relations for future generations. Do you agree? Your task is to read evidence in selected slave narratives and to think critically of the black experience and American’s response to the era. As you read, ask, “How ‘accurate’ are the slave narratives? What is their ‘value’?”
Include data from your textbook to support your argument. Always discuss the topics’ significance related to the events in the textbook (for example, the slave narratives relative to the events of Reconstruction discussed in the textbook). Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings.
What did freedom mean? Did the nation miss an historic opportunity to create a multiracial society?
I think after reading some of the narratives that freedom meant different things to different people. Some of the slaves seemed to have wanted the freedom more than the others and this could be based on how they were treated or their quality of life. Some of them even referred to each other in a stereotypical way. The more narratives I read the more I was torn up about what type of life they lived.

I don’t think the nation missed an opportunity to create a multicultural society. I believe that everything happens for a reason and it wasn’t our times as a country to be united and together then. Had we changed back then Obama might not be the president right now. Every.

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