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ERIC Number: EJ877191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0748-1187
Of Broken Bonds and Bondage: An Analysis of Loss in the Slave Narrative Collection
Laurie, Anna; Neimeyer, Robert A.
Death Studies, v34 n3 p221-256 2010
Relatively few scholars have made use of the Slave Narrative Collection, a collection of more than 2,300 autobiographical narratives detailing the lives of people who had been born into slavery. Housed at the Library of Congress, the Collection was gathered during the 1930s under the direction of the Federal Writers Project. Research derived from the Collection thus far has dealt primarily with the experience of slavery as a whole. The present study focuses on loss as it was experienced by former slaves. This qualitative study used a grounded theory approach to analyze 48 narratives. Results culminated in a core category or central theme that for former slaves loss was both a cause and a consequence of dehumanization. Findings also suggested that people experienced loss as a result of witnessing or experiencing violence and of living in deprivation and fear. Other losses included losses of hope and identity. Losses associated with the pain and suffering of family members were hardest to bear. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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