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Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (2003)

When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than four million slaves were set free. Over 70 years later, the memories of some 2,000 slave-era survivors were transcribed and preserved by the ... See full summary »

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Ed Bell, Thomas Lennon
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Whoopi Goldberg ... Narrator
Angela Bassett ... Reader
Michael Boatman ... Reader
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Reader
Don Cheadle ... Reader
Sandra Daley ... Reader
Ossie Davis ... Reader
Ruby Dee ... Reader
Robert Guillaume ... Reader
Jasmine Guy ... Reader
Samuel L. Jackson ... Reader
CCH Pounder ... Reader
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Reader (as LaTanya Richardson)
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Reader
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Reader
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When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than four million slaves were set free. Over 70 years later, the memories of some 2,000 slave-era survivors were transcribed and preserved by the Library of Congress. These first-person anecdotes, ranging from the brutal to the bittersweet, have been brought to vivid life, featuring the on-camera voices of over a dozen top African-American actors. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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In their words, our shared history.

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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color
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A must see.....
3 February 2006 | by marv3028See all my reviews

Excellent watch...... Not sure how anyone could have a close minded outlook on such a powerful documentary. This was a very informative piece and breaking it down into such simple terms just negates the whole purpose of the interviews. You get a first hand account of slave life, it will not be pretty at all though there were some times of joy in their lives. Recommended if a firsthand, true account of slavery as it truly was would interest you. The celebrity list is extensive, full of prominent black actors/actresses reading excerpts of the interviews conducted so many years ago. The rawness of the production along with the photo's of actual slaves being shown whilst the narrator speaks is one of the more appealing aspects of the production.


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