Examining the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
This exhibit is focused on the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) work from 1936 to 1938. During this time, the project collected over 2,300 first-person accounts from former slaves. Over two thousand writers were employed by the FWP to interview ex-slaves in seventeen different states (Escott).
The goal of the exhibit is to get visitors to think critically about the documentation process behind the narratives. There are many factors that contributed to the content captured by the FWP, including the questions asked, the way in which dialect was captured, and the race of the interviewer. We explore these factors in the exhibit.
Created by Tucker Horan and Janet Hernandez for HIS 364 at Cornell College with Professor Stewart