Monday, 18 January 2016

This webpage presents the stories of slaves born between 1823 and 1860s regarding their thoughts on slavery, slaveholders, coercion of slaves, their families, and freedom. Their stories not only focus on the hardship of their time during enslavement but also on their lives as a whole, as many of the interviews take places almost 60 years after their enslavement ended.

These stories can be related to the works of Cullen and Truslow Adams, as it relates to the American Dream in the way that these individuals have grown from nothing to create long fulfilling lives for themselves, and a 'happier life' as expressed by Truslow Adams. For many people in enslavement their ‘American Dream’ is freedom, of which some of these stories portray. 

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