Friday, October 2, 2009

Interview Sam and Louisa Everette

Norrece Jones' presentation of Sam and Louisa's experience was enlightening.  I felt that Louisa's choice of words were intentional for posterity.  She wanted us to know, despite the slaveholders' rhetoric, about the fidelity among many African Americans as well as the family bonds.

This passage also brought to mind Frederick Douglass' comments about the life altering changes that slavery has on the human being, namely the slaveholder.  The idea that he found pleasure observing Sam and Louisa in spite of their discomfort.

As Jones mentioned, these tapes are a great teaching tool for obtaining the enslaved person's perspective on slavery.

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