We have been taught in school that the source of the policy of “40 acres and a mule” was Union General William T. Shermans Special Field Order No. 15, issued on Jan. 16, 1865. That account is half-right: Sherman prescribed the 40 acres in that Order, but not the mule. The mule would come [...]
In the 1920s and 1930s, an interest in slave narratives was rekindled, and as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Progress Administration, more than 2,000 first-person accounts of slavery were collected, as well as 500 black and white photographs.
The collection was compiled in 17 states between 1936 and [...]