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Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery (John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Cu)

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After the Civil War, African Americans placed poignant "information wanted" advertisements in newspapers, searching for missing family members. Inspired by the power of these ads, Heather Andrea Williams uses slave narratives, letters, interviews, public records, and diaries to guide readers back to devastating moments of family separation during slavery when people were sold away from parents, siblings, spouses, and children. Williams explores the heartbreaking stories of separation and the long, usually unsuccessful journeys toward reunification. Examining the interior lives of the enslaved and freedpeople as they tried to come to terms with great loss, Williams grounds their grief, fear, anger, longing, frustration, and hope in the history of American slavery and the domestic slave trade.

Williams follows those who were separated, chronicles their searches, and documents the rare experience of reunion. She also explores the sympathy, indifference, hostility, or empathy expressed by whites about sundered black families. Williams shows how searches for family members in the post-Civil War era continue to reverberate in African American culture in the ongoing search for family history and connection across generations.

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Heather Andrea Williams is associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807835548
Author:
Williams, Heather Andrea
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
domestic slave trade
Subject:
history of emotions
Subject:
Family
Subject:
African American family
Subject:
Separation
Subject:
African American/History
Subject:
slave owners
Subject:
Slave traders
Subject:
Slaves
Subject:
slave auction
Subject:
search for family
Subject:
African American genealogy
Subject:
family reunification
Subject:
Apprenticeship
Subject:
Civil war
Subject:
Emancipation
Subject:
Freedmen s Bureau
Subject:
Freedom
Subject:
african american slave families
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
famil
Subject:
y reunification
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 halftones
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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