The Work Projects Administration From President Franklin D. Roosevelt 's New Deal Project

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In the late 1930s, the Work Projects Administration, a resulting program from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal project, began interviewing former slaves living in Indiana. These interviews attempt to “preserve the personal experience stories of formal slaves” and convey them to the general public (Baker, 4). Adhering to an issued set of suggestions and inquisitions, the interviews share stylistic and written features, yet many stories still portray various insights to what life had in store for an enslaved individual. The Chairperson and Professor of English at Indiana State University, Robert L. Baker acted as the editor of Homeless, Friendless, and Penniless and brought to life the informative and astute stories of the once enslaved inhabitants of Indiana. This collection of slave narratives told through the pages of Homeless, Friendless, and Penniless attempts to convey the varying aspects of slavery, from the excruciating pain of being whipped to the close affection that some slaves held for their owners. Reoccurring topics, such as plantation life, slave treatment, escape, the Civil War, religion, and education, present themselves throughout the slaves’ historical accounts. In reference to life on a plantation, the informants expressed extremely contrasting opinions and recounts of their experiences. For example, Mittie Blakely recalls that “her older brothers and sisters…were whipped often and hard,” while on the other hand, John Cooper remembers his…

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