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Sponsored by the Academic Affairs Library at the University of Chapel Hill, Documenting the American South (last mentioned in the April 18, 1997 Scout Report) is a collection of sources on Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. This Web site has grown considerably since its inception and currently contains over 1,000 books and manuscripts that depict slavery, literature, education, and religion in the South through the words of the people who experienced them. This digitized collection currently contains six chapters: First-Person Narratives of the American South; Library of Southern Literature; North American Slave Narratives; The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865; The Church in the Southern Black Community; and The North Carolina Experience, Beginnings to 1940. One of six chapters on the site is what Joe Hewitt, North Carolina's associate provost for university libraries, calls "our signature project," which is an expansive collection of North American slave narratives published in English in books and pamphlets up to 1920. At present, more than 230 narratives are available online from persons including Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and many others. In short, this phenomenal collection is not just for educators and researchers, but for anyone interested in Southern slavery and history.
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