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HIST 100.03: Slavery and the Old South

Prof. Harry Williams - Fall 2019

Slave Narratives, mainly from from the Federal Writers' Project

Narratives of enslaved people have a prominent role in the historiography of slavery in the United States. You can learn about many aspects of life, including food, family, and religion.

Searching Catalyst

Strategies for finding slave narratives in Catalyst, the shared library catalog of Carleton and St. Olaf colleges: 

  • Do a title/author search for works you already know about
    (from course readings and/or reference books)
  • Do a subject search for the following headings and browse the results:
    • Slaves -- United States -- Biography.
    • Women slaves -- United States -- Biography
    • African Americans -- Biography.
    • Slaves' writings, American.
  • Do an anywhere search for combinations of words relevant to your topic and words like "narrative" "biography" "memoir"