Announcements

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The U.S. Senate recently passed the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site Act to honor Dr. Woodson, who helped establish the discipline of African American history. This legislation authorizes the transformation of Woodson's home in Washington, D.C., into a museum to educate the public about Woodson's contribution to American history.

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress recently announced the release of a new online collection, "Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories." The collection features audio recordings of interviews conducted between 1932 and 1975 with people who experienced slavery firsthand, providing a unique opportunity hear former slaves describe their lives in their own voices. The recordings capture the recollections of twenty-three identifiable ex-slaves who were born between 1823 and the early 1860s. In seven hours of recordings, the former slaves discuss their feelings about slavery, slaveholders, and freedom. In addition to the recordings and their transcripts, "Voices from the Days of Slavery" also includes biographies of several interviewers, a special presentation called "Faces and Voices from the Collection," and a Related Resources section. The entire collection may be found online at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/vfs.html. This collection complements other American Memory collections, most notably "Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938," which contains transcripts of over 2,300 interviews with ex-slaves. These transcripts may be found at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/ snhome.html.

The National Archives and Records Administration recently announced the results of a national survey, "The People's Vote: 100 Documents that Shaped America" cosponsored by NARA, National History Day, and U. …