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Between 1936 and 1938, the WPA Federal Writers' Project hired a number of field workers to collect the life histories of former slaves. Transcripts of 2,000 interviews, from 17 states, were then compiled by the Library of Congress.

In 1972, George Rawick assembled the Library's collection (over 10,000 typescript pages) in The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography. In 1997, the collection was indexed by Howard Potts for A Comprehensive Name Index for The American Slave.

In 2004, the collection and the index were made available together for the first time by Greenwood Publishing in an online, searchable database via the website. In an effort to support the growing community surrounding the slave narratives and oral history in general, the site also featured: - Public discussion forums for genealogists, educators and general discussions - Private "classrooms" equipped with real-time chat, discussion boards, and lesson plans - A variety of links to other Web sites and related resources

The website is now no longer available. As an alternative source of information and useful links, please try Wikipedia at