Imagine being born into slavery in the South. You don’t have a dime to your name, received no education and all you know are the surrounding fields of the plantation you worked on. What would you do after the abolishment of slavery? How would you start over? February is Black History Month – and as we remember the past and the period of slavery in America, it’s important to not only take in the perspectives of historians and educators, but also direct firsthand accounts from those formerly enslaved. Viewpoints’ speaks with historian and photographer, Richard Cahan, co-author of the new book River of Blood: American Slavery From the People Who Lived It.
- Richard Cahan, co-author, River of Blood: American Slavery From the People Who Lived It.
Links for more information:
- Library of Congress: Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 to 1938.
- Amazon: River of Blood: American Slavery from the People Who Lived It.
- Twitter: Richard Cahan – @Picturetweeter.