Johannes Sande Sande itibaren Río Negro, Íquira, Huila, कोलोम्बिया
Absolutely fascinating. There are as many different tales as there are individuals who lived it. I've looked at a few of these WPA collections and very much prefer those in the style of this collection, which aims to preserve the speech patterns and character of the speakers. I started reading a collection of narratives collected in Indiana but was dismayed to find that they had been rewritten in third person by someone else. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is that I would like to know a bit about the interviewers, and I wish they gave a little more info on how they found the interviewees. There are some hints, but they are few. One also has to remember that most of the interviewees were little children at the end of slavery and in the aftermath, so unless things were pretty dire, many report being fairly satisfied with their lives. As we know, kids don't have the perspective of adults and weren't privvy to many of the realities of their situations. It's interesting, too, how many children didn't survive, and on the other hand, how many lived into their 90s and beyond.