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Help Me Find My People

Help Me Find My People


 
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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 listeners back to devastating moments of family separation during slavery when people were sold away from parents, siblings, spouses, and children. Williams explores these heartbreaking stories and the long, usually unsuccessful journeys toward reunification. Examining the interior lives of the enslaved and freed people 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.

Author: Heather Andrea Williams
Reader: Robin Miles
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr; 1st edition (June 1, 2012)
Hardcover: 251 pages

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