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Lot 579

Unwritten History of Slavery, 1945, Fisk University

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SOCIAL SCIENCES SOURCE DOCUMENTS NO. 1: UNWRITTEN HISTORY OF SLAVERY, AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ACCOUNT OF NEGRO EX-SLAVES", Social Science Institute, Fisk University, Nashville TN, 1945. Contributing editors Ophelia Settle Egypt, Jitsuichi Masuoka, and Charles S. Johnson. 1st Edition, approx. 330 one-sided typewritten copied (mimeographed) pages; paper wraps in perfect binding, spine reinforcement. Original printing of No. 1 in a series of at least 6 studies conducted by Johnson at Fisk University, reproducing oral interviews with former slaves, this one conducted by Ophelia Settle Egypt between 1929-1930. Note: The Fisk collection of slave narratives evolved as an unanticipated consequence of research directed by Charles S. Johnson, who had established the Social Science Institute at Fisk in 1928. One of Johnson's earliest projects, an extensive community study of the African-American neighborhoods adjacent to Fisk in Nashville, foreshadowed the influence his research training at the University of Chicago's renowned Department of Sociology was to exert on the Fisk collection of slave narratives. In that study, Johnson's research design relied heavily on personal interviews, and Ophelia Settle of the Institute's research staff interviewed a large number of former slaves. Johnson quickly recognized the value of preserving such firsthand accounts of slave life and urged that a concerted effort be made to obtain them. In addition to those in Nashville, interviews were conducted in rural Tennessee and Kentucky and later as an integral component of Johnson's study of Macon County, Alabama, which formed the substance of his analysis of the plantation as a social institution. These interviews proved so satisfactory that Johnson planned to publish a volume based on an analysis of the one hundred documents Settle had obtained. Although the plan was never realized, the Institute's Unwritten History of Slavery reproduced approximately one-third of the narratives. Source: Library of Congress


Front cover with chips to edge, light toning throughout, through publisher's error, some pages repeat near the end of the book, displacing the proper pages

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