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[Detail] Hezekiah J. Crumpton and Washington B. Crumpton.


Collection Overview

First-Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920 contains accounts of the American South drawn from diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives. The collection contains stories of prominent individuals as well as everyday people including women, African Americans, enlisted men, laborers, and Native Americans. The collection was compiled from printed texts from the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Historical Eras

These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection, although they may not be all-encompassing.

  • The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
  • Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
  • Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930

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