Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2021

Department 1

First Year Seminar


During the Great Depression, a New Deal project intended to create jobs was the Federal Writer's Project. One aspect of this project, the Slave Narrative Project, involved the interviews of over 2,000 former slaves and culminated in a federal collection of information on the lives of enslaved people. This paper focuses on the interview of Sarah Gudger, a 121 year-old former slave from North Carolina. It includes an overview of the content included and excluded from the interview in addition to an analysis of the interview including factors that may have positively or negatively impacted the interview's content, as well as its continued value and usefulness to historians and scholars.


Written for FYS 184-4: Civil War Memory from 1865 to the Age of BLM

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