Domestic Slave Trade Voices

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Domestic Slave Trade Voices 
A literary work that is made up of the written accounts of enslaved people in the U.S. The United States was well into the 20th century by the time the interviews were conducted, yet residing in America's cities and towns were men and women who recalled being sold at auction, of seeing brothers and sisters led away in chains, of having -- in their words -- "good owners" or "cruel masters."

This is a non-profit broadcast and will likely run for 8-10 years in a major national organization.

Character Profile: African American, Southern Accent, Senior

The script list nine different voices, please feel free to read for one or all. Before each read, please say the character name to identify the excerpt for which you are auditioning.

Please submit or save the audio file (wav or mp3) with the following naming convention: First Name_Last Name_Character_Side_Date.

Each voice is a different role. 
2016-02-29 14:01:30 GMT
2016-03-09 08:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
Flexible Price - USD 100 to USD 150
English - USA and Canada
Senior Female OR Senior Male
• Audio files must be delivered via email OR
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
There are no special pre-, post-, or production requirements for this project.
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The voice seeker is willing to hire either union or non-union talents for this project
African American, Southern Accent, Senior

Script Details

1. Dey would put a nigger on de scales and weigh him and den de biddin’ would start. A good young breedin’ ‘oman brung two thousand dollars easy, cause all de marsters wanted to see plenty of strong healthy chillun comin’, all de time. Carpenters and bricklayers and blacksmiths brung fancy prices, from three thousand to five thousand dollars, sometimes. A nigger what warn’t no more’n jes’ a good field hand brung ‘bout two hundred dollars. - Willis Cofer

2. One morning my family is all kinda huddled up together in a corner of the yard away from the rest, and ‘long comes Major Long carrying his bullwhip in his hand, with another man. He makes Mary stand up and says to the man with him, ”Here’s jes’ the girl you want for a nurse girl.”

Mama begs Major Long not to separate us folks, and hugged Mary and Jane and me to her. . . . major come over . . .and pulled Mary away from Mama and he and the man took her off. - Stephen Williams

3. The slaves was put in stalls like the pens they use for cattle – man and his wife with a child on each arm. . . . The overseer drives the slaves out to the platform, and he tells the ages of the slaves and what they can do. . . . one of the bidders takes a pair of gloves and rubs his fingers over a man’s teeth. They calls the men “bucks” and the women “wenches.”

When the slave is on the platform – what they calls the “block” – the overseer yells, “Tom or Jason, show the bidders how you walk.” Then the slave steps across the patform, and the biddin’ starts. - James Martin

4. I had a brother, Jim, who was sold ter dress young Missus fer her weddin’. I set dar an’ I cry an’ cry, specially when dey puts de chains on him an’ carried him off. An I ani’t neber felt so lonesome in my whole life. - Ben Johnson

5. Oh, dat wah a te’ble time! . . . Ole Marse, he come t’rough de field wif a man call’ de specalater. Dey wall round, jes’ lookin’, jes’ lookin’. . . . de specalater he sees who he want. He talk to Ole Marse; den dey slaps de han’ cuffs on dat slave an’ take him away to the cotton country. Oh, dem de awful times! - Majorie Jones

6. They ‘zamine you just like they do a horse; they look at your teeth, an pull your eyelids back and look at your eyes, and feel you just like you was a horse. - Anonymous

7. One boy was traded off from his mother when he was young an’ after he was sold back to de same master an’ married to his own mother. - Wesley Burrell

8. The speculators stayed in the hotel and out the niggers in the quarters jes’ like droves of hogs. All through the night I could hear them mournin’ and prayin’. . . . Them slaves look jes like droves of turkeys runnin along in front of them horses. I remember when they put ‘em on the block to sell ‘em. The ones ‘tween 18 and 30 always bring the most money. The auctioner he stand off at a distances and cry ‘em off as they stand on the block. I can hear his voice as long as I live. . . . “Now gentlemen and fellow-citizens here is a big black buck Negro. He’s stout as a mule. Good for any kin’ o’ work an’ he never gives any trouble. How much am I offered for him?” - W.L. Bost

9. Talkin’ ‘bout somethin’ awful, you should have been dere. De slave owners was shoutin’ and sellin’ chillen to one man and de mama and pappy to ‘nother. De slaves cries and takes on somethin’ awful. If a woman had lots of chillen she was sold for mo’, cause it a sign she was a good breeder. - Millie Williams 
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