There are aspects of our history, as a nation, that are hard for those of us alive today to fathom. Whether it is because we think we, as a culture, have moved beyond that point. Or because we simply do not want to believe we, as a culture, ever tolerated such behavior. There are any number of reasons why parts of our history make us wince, and want to look away.
There are any number of reactions we can have when we read about the saddest, and hardest moments, in our nation’s past. But, perhaps, one of them could be to acknowledge we have made, at least a little, progress. We have taken steps, if only baby steps, forward. To rededicate ourselves to improving our nation, the lives not only of those in our homes, but in our wider community, and our nation at large. To remind ourselves, in learning from the past, that it takes effort to strive for, and create, a better future.
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Today’s book is first hand accounts of life as slaves in America. More information, and more stories, can be found here: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/connections/narratives-slavery/file.html
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938, contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves collected as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration.
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