Claiming Kin by Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs
Confronting the History of an African American Family

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A touching story of a woman's search for her family roots in the wake if the sudden death of her father.

Claiming Kin is a powerful and compelling story about a woman's quest to search out her roots upon the death of the father she barely knew. A former journalist hungry for the truth, her search into the past leads her from her hometown in Nashville, Tennessee, back to the birthplace of the Scruggs in nearby Williamson County. There she traces the family back to 1847 and the Scruggs Farm where her ancestors were once slaves. Her journey soon becomes spiritual and emotional, forcing her not only to examine her own beliefs in the importance of family, but also her religious beliefs as she turns toward honoring her ancestors. This is a tale that will capture the heart and mind.

About Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs

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Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs graduated from the University of Chicago and earned her Ph.D in Slavic Linguistics from Brown University. She has been a full-time journalist since 1987. She is currently a visiting assistant professor of journalism at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. She was a metro columnist for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer and has worked for the Dayton Daily News and the Clarion-Ledger. She lives in South Euclid, Ohio with her husband. She is also the author of the children's picture book, Jump Rope Magic.
Published February 18, 2002 by St. Martin's Press. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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She had lost not only a beloved parent but also a priceless resource, she writes: “His death left me without his voice, his words, without the story of his life.” In an investigation that led from relative to relative, from archive to archive, Scruggs attempted to recover the names and stories of...

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Researching her family history after the death of her father, Scruggs came across the following entry in a 19th-century Mississippi county assets census: "1 pair waffle irons, 2 washing tubs, one waggon (sic) one carriage, eleven plows, one grinding hoe… Also the Following Negroes, viz Lynda and ...

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