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Gathering African American Families’ Oral Histories – The Getting Word Project: African American Stories from Monticello – Part Two of Three

Part 2 of the Oral History post describes the kinds of impacts that oral history research can have, regardless of the circumstances of the family whose history is being woven together. The Getting Word project’s impacts and aftermaths are an

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Posted in Arts & Community Culture, Contemporary (1970- present), Discovery & Personal Reactions, Enslaved People, Legacies

Spontaneous Eruptions

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Posted in Connecting Across Families, Contemporary (1970- present), Discovery & Personal Reactions, Intimacy & Family Life, Linked Descendants, North America, Racism

To Honor the Dishonorable

There is a problem I have been wrestling with for many years. One of the refrains I hear over and over among people working for racial reconciliation is the necessity of honoring the ancestors and the insistence that the ancestors

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Posted in Contemporary (1970- present), Discovery & Personal Reactions, Legacies, North America, Racism, Slaveholders

Brattonsville Experience

Story by Quest Whalen, Class of 2019, Tuskegee University, submitted kindness of Dr. Lisa Bratton, Professor, Tuskegee University Dr. Bratton shared Ms. Whalen’s essay soon after their overnight at Historic Brattonsville on Friday, September 12, and participation in “By the

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Posted in Ancestry, Contemporary (1970- present), Discovery & Personal Reactions, Enslaved People, Plantations, Slaveholding (1780 -1865)

Spontaneous Solidarity

Serial, unpermitted marches, a die-in on a major bridge; even overnight encampment at City Hall did get #BlackLivesMatter concerns into meetings with the Mayor/ Police Commissioner in Portland, Oregon. Instead of allowing public testimony on a secretly negotiated police contract,

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Posted in Coercion, Punishment & Sale, Contemporary (1970- present), Cooperation: Assistance, Cooperation: Assistance, Support & Harmony, Discovery & Personal Reactions, Implications for Action, Power, Racism, Support & Harmony, The Journey

Linked in Nashville

A friend of mine recently forwarded me this link to a story about two women who discover they are linked descendants.  This story is not unusual to those of us who post on BitterSweet: Linked Through Slavery.  If anything, it reminds us

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Posted in Contemporary (1970- present), General, Intimacy & Family Life, Jim Crow Segregation (1890- 1955), Legacies, Linked Descendants, Racism, Slaveholding (1780 -1865)

BLEAK HOUSE – LINKED FIRST BY PLACE, THEN BY HEART (3)

Part 3 – Connecting with the Descendants of the Bleak House African American Community               Part 1 narrated what happened when Alice and Jon Cannon bought Bleak House, the remnant of Bleak House Plantation, and then found a book with the

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Posted in Connecting Across Families, Contemporary (1970- present), Linked Descendants, Plantations, The Journey

Talking About Slavery TODAY

BitterSweet: Linked Through Slavery is trying an alternative form of posting. For the first time, we offer a compilation of five people’s responses to a single question. We hope you enjoy the post, give it comments, and feel inspired to

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Posted in Contemporary (1970- present), Racism

Just Like Family

In the blog BitterSweet: Linked Through Slavery, we primarily focus on linked relationships between black and white people connected through US slavery—those descended from enslaved people or slaveholders who are linked by virtue of time, place or genetics.  Finding a

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Posted in "Nursing" & Parenting, Cities, Civil Rights/Black Power (1955- 1968), Connecting Across Families, Contemporary (1970- present), Discovery & Personal Reactions, General, Historic Harms, Intimacy & Family Life, Jim Crow Segregation (1890- 1955), Labor, Linked Descendants, North America, Power, Racism, Slavery, Towns

Whitney Plantation: What I Want for My Linked Families, Now!

Whitney Plantation, the first plantation museum to make the lives of the enslaved community the central focus of the site, to depict the truth of their lives and honor their contributions. This is what I read in the February 26,

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Posted in Contemporary (1970- present), Discovery & Personal Reactions, Linked Descendants
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