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FEATURING RICHARD CAHAN – Seventy five years after the end of the Civil War, a group of writers hired by the Works Progress Administration set out to document American slavery from the points of view of its survivors. The Slave Narratives as the resulting work came to be called, was based on the words of thousands of men and women enslaved by whites. It became a powerful and well-known book.

Now, a new book for the first time pairs the photographs of the interviewees of The Slave Narratives, with their interviews. The resulting publication is stunning, haunting, and humanizing.

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Richard Cahan, journalist who writes about photography, art and history. He worked for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1983 to 1999, primarily serving as the paper’s picture editor. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including Un-American, about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, as well as Aftershock: The Human Toll of War – Haunting World War II Images by America’s Soldier Photographers, and The Revolution in Black and White: Photographs of the Civil Rights Era by Ernest C. Withers. His new book is called River of Blood, American Slavery From the People Who Lived It. Interviews and Photographs of Formerly Enslaved African Americans.

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