This state publication has just been reprinted and provides a unique and virtually unsurpassed collective portrait of early Black History in America. Indeed, historian David Brion Davis has argued that the voluminous number of documented slave testimonies available in the United States "is indisputably unique among former slaveholding nations." In addition to the substantial number of life histories it contains, the most compelling feature of the collection is the composition of the sample of people who made up its informants. February is BLACK HISTORY MONTH and general public will be looking for books on the African American experience of slavery. This state slave narratives publication is a candid look at slavery in the state.