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The Old Plantation (anonymous folk painting). Depicts African-American slaves dancing to banjo and percussion. (Wikipedia)
The Old Plantation (anonymous folk painting). Depicts African-American slaves dancing to banjo and percussion. (Wikipedia)

We explore an unprecedented collection of letters, diaries and transcripts written during the mid-19th century by population who were believed to be illiterate: slaves.

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Christopher Hager, assistant professor of  English and American studies at Trinity College and author of "Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing."

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Excerpted from Word By Word, by Christopher Hager. Copyright © 2013 by The President and Fellows of Harvard College. Used by Permission.  All rights reserved.

This segment aired on February 21, 2013.

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