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Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (2003)

When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than four million slaves were set free. Over 70 years later, the memories of some 2,000 slave-era survivors were transcribed and preserved by the ... See full summary »

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Ed Bell, Thomas Lennon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Narrator
Angela Bassett ... Reader
Michael Boatman ... Reader
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Reader
Don Cheadle ... Reader
Sandra Daley ... Reader
Ossie Davis ... Reader
Ruby Dee ... Reader
Robert Guillaume ... Reader
Jasmine Guy ... Reader
Samuel L. Jackson ... Reader
CCH Pounder ... Reader
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Reader (as LaTanya Richardson)
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Reader
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Reader
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When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than four million slaves were set free. Over 70 years later, the memories of some 2,000 slave-era survivors were transcribed and preserved by the Library of Congress. These first-person anecdotes, ranging from the brutal to the bittersweet, have been brought to vivid life, featuring the on-camera voices of over a dozen top African-American actors. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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In their words, our shared history.

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USA

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English

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January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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Emotional
13 April 2011 | by nursegoal12See all my reviews

I just viewed part of this movie yesterday in my college American history class. I was so heartbroken to hear these true stories of slavery. I hope and pray that none of my ancestors ever owned slaves, which I highly doubt they did because they were very poor from what I know of my genealogy.

It is so hard to believe that all of this evil was only around a hundred and fifty years ago. Hard to believe how evil man can be to fellow human beings....just so hard to believe!

May they finally rest in peace with family reunited in heaven. God bless them and keep them always!

I thought this was a very good movie, very touching. I enjoyed the way the production was done. The actors seemed equally as shocked as the viewers and since the actors didn't prepare before hand, they showed true emotion in what they were portraying to the audience.

I would very much like to own this movie so I can pass it down to my children, and on to their children, etc. That way nothing like this could ever stand a chance of being repeated. This country has come a long way, but we still have more mountains to climb to correct this injustice.


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