The Writers’ Project recorded 3,500 narratives from ex-slaves in the 1930s. Of these 1,010 of the narratives describe the house they lived in during slavery. These narratives have been exhaustively analyzed and the key variables that can be used in the personalized interpretation of life within the slave house have been identified. There are over 100 variables that are applicable to the interpretation of the slave house. The Slave House Database organizes these variables in a logical and user-friendly way.
Library of Congress: Digital Collections, Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 to 1938
Southern University: John B. Cade Library, Louisiana Works Progress Administration (LWPA) Collection
Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Online Collection, Portraits of African American ex-slaves from the U.S. Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers’ Project slave narratives collections