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This video of the January 12, 1999 broadcast of Nightline is really quite remarkable. It shares clips of voice recordings made in the mid-twentieth century of black people born into U.S. slavery.
That’s right, it features the voices of real (former) slaves.
The earliest came from a 1935 recording expedition to Georgia, Florida, and the Bahamas by Alan Lomax, Zora Neale Hurston, and Mary Elizabeth Barnicle. Their goal was to collect stories and music from African Americans in these areas. In 1940, John A. L
The technology to clean up and digitize the scratchy memory-filled discs only became available in the 1990s.
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Interview with Mrs. Laura Smalley, Hempstead, Texas, 1941
Interviewee: Smalley, Laura
Interviewer: Faulk, John Henry
Interviewer: Unidentified Woman