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Part I: Facing Slavery and Finding Amanda

This post is the first of three pieces on 1) how I discovered slavery in my heritage, specifically focusing on a woman named Amanda owned by my ancestor Thomas Jackson and his second wife Courtney Robertson; 2) what more that official

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Posted in Ancestry, Contemporary (1970- present), Discovery & Personal Reactions, Intimacy & Family Life, Legacies, Linked Descendants, Racism, Slaveholding (1780 -1865)

Cousins Across the Color Line by Tess Taylor

  Check out this article in the NYTimes blog “Opinionator” Jan 22 and Tess Taylor’s new book.   It’s totally relevant to us! http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/22/cousins-across-the-color-line/?_php=true&_type=blogs&hp&rref=opinion&_r=0  

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Who Are “Linked Descendants”?

 … (T)he great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.  It could scarcely be otherwise, since

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Posted in Connecting Across Families, Legacies
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