Help Me to Find My People by Heather Andrea Williams
The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery (John Hope Franklin Series in African American History & Culture)

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Williams shares a few of these evocative stories. Most significant, however, is her revelation of the bonds forged by the collective grief and resilient love of a people finding themselves.
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After the Civil War, African Americans placed poignant "information wanted" advertisements in newspapers, searching for missing family members. Inspired by the power of these ads, Heather Andrea Williams uses slave narratives, letters, interviews, public records, and diaries to guide readers back to devastating moments of family separation during slavery when people were sold away from parents, siblings, spouses, and children. Williams explores the heartbreaking stories of separation and the long, usually unsuccessful journeys toward reunification. Examining the interior lives of the enslaved and freedpeople as they tried to come to terms with great loss, Williams grounds their grief, fear, anger, longing, frustration, and hope in the history of American slavery and the domestic slave trade.

Williams follows those who were separated, chronicles their searches, and documents the rare experience of reunion. She also explores the sympathy, indifference, hostility, or empathy expressed by whites about sundered black families. Williams shows how searches for family members in the post-Civil War era continue to reverberate in African American culture in the ongoing search for family history and connection across generations.

 

About Heather Andrea Williams

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Heather Andrea Williams is associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom.
 
Published June 1, 2012 by The University of North Carolina Press. 263 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Imani Perry on Jun 29 2012

Williams shares a few of these evocative stories. Most significant, however, is her revelation of the bonds forged by the collective grief and resilient love of a people finding themselves.

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