372 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 10 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2626-0
Published: April 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2627-7
Published: February 2016
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Awards & distinctions
A 2016 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
By shedding new light on a critically important episode in the history of race, remembrance, and the legacy of slavery in the United States, Stewart compels readers to rethink a prominent archive used to construct that history.
About the Author
Catherine A. Stewart is professor of history at Cornell College.
For more information about Catherine A. Stewart, visit the Author Page.
"Essential for those interested in African American history and the Great Depression."--Library Journal
“This excellent, penetrating study presents much-needed information about the Ex-Slave Project’s creation. . . . An important book deserving of wide readership. Highly recommended.”--CHOICE
“This is a superbly researched, engaging, and insightful book, which deserves to be read by all social historians . . . as well as any scholars interested in American racial politics. Indispensable.”--Institute of Historical Research
“Enters the interdisciplinary realm by offering a nuanced examination of how the fields of sociology, anthropology, history, and folklore intersected with New Deal politics. . . . Essential reading for anyone hoping to make use of [the WPA Ex-Slave Interviews] archive.”--Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"It is a rare delight to read a book as authoritative and captivating as this one. Stewart narrates the racial politics of the Federal Writers’ Project, tracing with clarity and force an on-the-ground reading of how race operates in American society and culture."--Leslie A. Schwalm, University of Iowa
"In this provocative history of the ex-slave narratives compiled by the Federal Writers’ Project, Catherine A. Stewart provides an essential text for understanding race relations in America before the civil rights era."--Nina Silber, Boston University
Multimedia & Links
Read: Rebecca Onion at Slate discusses Stewart's book in the article "Is the Greatest Collection of Slave Narratives Tainted by Racism?" (7/6/2016)
Read: Stewart's guest blog post: "Looking Backward: On Memory and the Challenges of Oral History"" (4/20/3016)
Read: Stewart's guest blog post: "Having an Honest Conversation about Slavery---Now and Then" (4/20/3016)