When looking at African American narrative drama, the researcher must understand that there are several aspects of this type of expression and each provides a unique flavor to the process. 1.0 Slave Narratives Some of the first African American narrative dramas were the slave narratives. During slavery, it was not surprising that Africans would tell stories about their trials and tribulations when they were sold into slavery. These slave narratives were recorded in the 1930s so that the world would have a first hand account of the experiences of former slaves. Because many ex-slaves could not read or write, these narratives were recorded after the Civil War and they are now housed in the Library of Congress (Library of Congress). The reason slave narratives were important was because many historians said that slaves were content to be slaves and that they lived better than some of the Northerners of the time. The slave narratives give a different account of their experience and many were a part of abolitionist journals (Library of Congress). The slave narratives gave personal accounts of what slaves experienced from their own words. These were some of the first narratives that were important to the African American experience. 2.0 Oral Poetry Tradition Many opportunities for African American drama came through the ideas of the oral poem. These poems were done by a variety of people in a variety of settings.