The "Lost Friends" column, from the newspaper Southwestern Christian Advocat in New Orleans in 1877. It was published and distributed throughout the South to thousands of subscribers. The column "Lost Friends" featured messages from folks who were looking for loved ones impacted by slavery. Share these letters ito meet a variety of lesson goals.
Discover how events happen in places...
Images and transcripts of interviews with those who had been enslaved can be powerful voices for study. These transcripts may be difficult to read not only because of language, but because of story. Take some time with students to investigate the stories within this WPA project. The collection, held at the Library of Congress covers many states and the stories are vast.
Begin with this highlight page: VOICES AND FACES FROM THE COLLECTION to help students accustom themselves to the way people spoke by highlighting unfamiliar words. Then dig into the story. Students can illustrate (think: graphic novel style) the stories, or place them on a timeline and/or map to show the diversity as well as the similarity of experiences across the country.