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One of the largest collections of slave testimonies comes from over 2,000 oral histories collected during the Great Depression era by government workers. These stories, however, may be tinged with racism because they were collected by white workers. A historian examines the power imbalance between the slaves giving the histories and the worker collecting the stories in a new book. The narratives retain historical significance, but the author explains the impact of the writers and editors.

Read more about the collection of slave narratives.

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