Voices Out of Bondage

The U.S. Library of Congress’ remarkable collection of recorded interviews with former slaves

Adam M Wakeling

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Slaves working on a tobacco plantation in Virginia, c. 1670 (Wikimedia Commons)

“I’m the oldest one that I know that’s living. But, still, I’m thankful to the Lord. Now, if, uh, if my master wanted send me, he never say, you couldn’t get a horse and ride. You walk, you know, you walk. And you be barefooted and collapse. That didn’t make no…

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Adam M Wakeling

Adam Wakeling is an Australian writer, lawyer and historian. He is online at https://www.amwakeling.com/ and on Twitter @AdamMWakeling.