Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for by Heather Andrea Williams PDF

By Heather Andrea Williams

After the Civil battle, African american citizens put poignant "information sought after" ads in newspapers, looking for lacking relations. encouraged by way of the ability of those advertisements, Heather Andrea Williams makes use of slave narratives, letters, interviews, public files, and diaries to steer readers again to devastating moments of relations separation in the course of slavery while humans have been offered clear of mom and dad, siblings, spouses, and kids. Williams explores the heartbreaking tales of separation and the lengthy, often unsuccessful trips towards reunification. studying the internal lives of the enslaved and freedpeople as they attempted to come back to phrases with nice loss, Williams grounds their grief, worry, anger, longing, frustration, and desire within the background of yank slavery and the household slave alternate.

Williams follows those that have been separated, chronicles their searches, and records the infrequent event of reunion. She additionally explores the sympathy, indifference, hostility, or empathy expressed through whites approximately sundered black households. Williams indicates how searches for family within the post-Civil battle period proceed to reverberate in African American tradition within the ongoing look for relatives heritage and connection throughout generations.

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