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by HARLIN C. KEARSLEY
WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO BE A SLAVE?
In 1934 the Federal Writers’ Project (an extension of the WPA) set out to find the answer. Hundreds of writers were sent
to interview the few thousand former slaves still living in the U.S. This multimedia “staged documentary” incorporates music and archival photographs along with excerpts from Mr. Kearsley’s Peabody Award nominated National Public
Radio program of the same name, to recreate this neglected chapter of American history. Through much of the slaves
own words, the author will take the audience on a journey, stepping in and out of many diverse characters along the
A Question & Answer session with Mr. Kearsley follows each performance.
VOICES: Those Who Wore The Shoe is an invaluable learning tool that explores slavery and its aftermath in America through the words and music of those who actually experienced the reality of being physically owned…
by another human being.
> Running time, approximately 1 hour
> Minimal technical requirements
> Appropriate for middle & high schools, colleges, libraries and church groups.
AN AUDIO CD OF THE ORIGINAL NPR
VOICES: THOSE WHO WORE THE SHOE
BROADCAST IS NOW AVAILABLE ON EBAY
for only $12.99 each, Plus $2.00 S&H
Originally broadcast on National Public Radio during Black History Month (February 22, 2001).
This Peabody Award nominated program features seven professional actors lent their vocal
talents to the original hour long broadcast.
The audio CD, as with the live performances, is appropriate for middle school, high school, college students, church groups and anyone who is interested in American history. Each CD comes with cast info & archival photographs.