Slave Genealogy

Slave Genealogy

A Research Guide With Case Studies

Book - 1986
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This excellent research guide provides a very clear discussion of slave genealogy with emphasis on the non-plantation slaves, and vividly demonstrates-with three case studies drawn from the records of Wayne County, Kentucky-the research methods and types
Publisher: Bowie, MD : Heritage Books, 1986
ISBN: 9780917890635
Characteristics: iv, 87 p. ; 28 cm


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Sep 28, 2017

This little book is amazing. It immediately challenges the "plantation" myth of slavery in the Southern United States. A myth that belongs to the fictional Gone With The Wind and the large plantations in South and Central America and the Caribbean Islands. In the U.S. only half of all slaves were held on plantations, and fewer than a quarter of all Southern slaves were on plantations holding more than 50 slaves.
For me this was an eye opener. First, to realize how deeply the plantation myth persists- despite having read many slave narratives and stories, which, upon reflection, are mostly about slaves living in close quarters with owners that were not wealthy.
Certainly there were plantations, but I feel that understanding that half of slaves lived in small family units brings a greater understanding of the African and African American experience in the US. It is also helpful to have this understanding when researching African American ancestors and history.
I recommend this book to every person in the U.S., simply for a greater understanding of how slavery here was different than slavery in other parts of the world. It is also a great genealogy guide.


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