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This compilation of printed texts from the libraries
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill documents the culture
nineteenth-century American South from the viewpoint of Southerners. It
includes the diaries,
ex-slave narratives of not only prominent individuals, but also
inaccessible populations: women, African Americans, enlisted men,
laborers, and Native Americans. An award from the Library of
Congress/Ameritech National Digital
Library Competition supported the digitization of 101 titles published
during and after the
The University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill
supplemented these titles with
another forty first-person narratives, many published before 1860.
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The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record
of the past. These primary historical documents reflect the attitudes,
perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress
and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill do not endorse the views
these collections, which may contain materials offensive to some readers.
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Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The digitization and presentation of these materials by the
Academic Affairs Library of the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill*, as
part of the digital library project Documenting the American
supported by an award from
the Library of
Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition.
* are to web
mounted at the awardee institution. The digital reproductions of the
narratives are also mounted at the awardee institution.
The source materials for this collection are housed in Libraries at
the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Please contact the
library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with any
questions or information about the original materials or requests for reproductions.
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