About the Collection

In 1972, George P. Rawick was Associate Professor of Sociology at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his A.B. from Oberlin College and his M.S. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin. As a postdoctoral fellow, he studied sociology and anthropology at Cornell University.

"As a source for the study of slavery from the bottom up, the narratives are invaluable." Choice

From Sundown to Sunup: The Making of the Black Community

Original WPA memos and guidelines to writers in the field are included in the appendixes to From Sundown To Sunup: The Making of the Black Community, by George P. Rawick. From Sundown To Sunup is the author's introductory treatise to the collection published by Greenwood starting in 1972. You can buy the text here.

The memos and guidelines issued by the WPA help lend important context to the collected narratives. You may read them here in PDF:

Below is the table of contents of From Sundown To Sunup, with links to Rawick's introduction and first chapter in PDF:


Part 1: The Sociology of Slavery in the United States

  • Chapter 1: Master and Slave
  • Chapter 2: The Role of Africa in the Making of the American Black People
  • Chapter 3: The Religion of the Slaves
  • Chapter 4: Master and Slave: Treatment
  • Chapter 5: The Black Family Under Slavery
  • Chapter 5: Master and Slave: Resistance

Part II: The Sociology of European and American Racism

  • Chapter 7: Racism and Slavery
  • Chapter 8: Racism and the Making of American Slavery