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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

Science May Enable Reparations

Reviewing a Book Review A few days ago, I got an email from a friend who has become a leader in the field of researching African American family histories, up to and beyond the “brick walls” of slave lists that

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Posted in Ancestry, Discovery & Personal Reactions, Historic Harms, Research Adventures

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

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

When Places Wrap Us Together

As our car turns down the lane, I flash back to Mom in the driver’s seat, the blue Nissan van idling beneath us as we wait for the yellow behemoth of a school bus to mount the hill in the

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Posted in Connecting Across Families, Discovery & Personal Reactions, Enslaved People, Farms, General, Labor, Legacies, Linked Descendants, North America, Plantations, Slaveholders, Slaveholding (1780 -1865), Slavery

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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