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Dave Isay's StoryCorps is a gift for future generations

To the editor: When I was at Northwestern University in Chicago in the 1980s, I took a seminar on the history of women's work. Our final research paper for the course required students to write on a topic using only primary sources. ("Dave Isay on StoryCorps' DIY oral history project," op-ed, April 7) I chose to study the work of slave women and discovered the Federal Writers' Project (part of the Works Progress Administration) Slave Narrative Program, which interviewed thousands of former slaves. These narratives are an invaluable resource and shed light on the daily lives of slaves. Interestingly, on my topic, the most poignant descriptions of the work women...

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