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

So many of us want to know our ancestors’ stories and find out more about where we’ve come from. DNA research has advanced our ability to find and learn about our family members to an extraordinary extent, but family stories

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Posted in Ancestry, Enslaved People, Intimacy & Family Life, Linked Descendants, Plantations, Slaveholding (1780 -1865)

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

No Account For It

While drafting the post Half-white Slaves of Aristocratic Masters at my blog, I acknowledged that Edward Ball, in his text, The Sweet Hell Inside: The Rise of an Elite Black Family in the Segregated South, employs the term ‘concubines’ to describe intimate, long-term

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Posted in Coercion, Punishment & Sale, Cooperation: Assistance, Support & Harmony, Enslaved People, Intimacy & Family Life, North America, Philosophical Culture, Plantations, Research Adventures, Sex & Concubinage, Slave Trader, Slaveholders, Slaveholding (1780 -1865), Slavery

Repairing the Breach of Slavery

What Linked Descendants Say About Making Connections Across the Divide Reflections provided by participants of the December 2015 Coming to the Table conference call. Post co-authored by Sharon Morgan, Our Black Ancestry, and Prinny Anderson, Linked Descendants. If you could

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Posted in "Side" & Linked Families, Connecting Across Families, Discovery & Personal Reactions, Linked Descendants

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 (2)

Part 2 – Finding the Descendants of the Bleak House 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 names of its

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Posted in Ancestry, Enslaved People, Farms, Free People of Color, Intimacy & Family Life, Plantations, Reconstruction/”Redemption” (1866- 1890), Slaveholding (1780 -1865)

BLEAK HOUSE – LINKED FIRST BY PLACE, THEN BY HEART (1)

Part 1 – Finding the House, Looking for the People    At the Telling the History of Slavery conference, the woman I sat next to looked to be about my age, and like most of the attendees, not someone I knew.

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Posted in "Side" & Linked Families, Enslaved People, Free People of Color, Intimacy & Family Life, Linked Descendants, Plantations, Slaveholders, Slaveholding (1780 -1865)

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

There is a Little Bit of Me in a Little Bit of You — A Black Woman Explains to a White Man . . . . “We Are Kin by Blood and Slavery”

My great grandfather, Jeremiah Turner (1840-1917), was born in slavery. Our family history explained ‘Jery’ was the slave son of Squire Turner (1793-1871), of Richmond, Kentucky. Jeremiah Turner was assuredly Squire Turner’s property when, in 1864, he made a bid for

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Posted in Connecting Across Families, Cooperation: Assistance, Discovery & Personal Reactions, Implications for Action, Linked Descendants, North America, Racism, Sex & Concubinage, Support & Harmony

Coming to the Table Leads in Push for HR 40 Reparations Study

I am posting for Pam Smith. She says, “Ahhh the woes of not being a techy in a technological world! A few little glitches prevented me from posting this directly to the BitterSweet blog. As an active member of CTTT I

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Posted in Historic Harms, Implications for Action, Intimacy & Family Life, North America, Power, Racism
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