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The enslavement of Africans in America was an institution that lasted for over four hundred years. Families were separated when slave masters decided to sell mothers away from children, or husbands away from wives. This dynamic with many other identifying aspects, has divided and truncated the history of the Black American family. Due to a surge in the study of Black American genealogy since Alex Haley published Roots in the 1970s, there is a renewed hope that many of our stories can be reconstructed, at least enough for us to know and understand some of our origins.Barbara Brown Gathers is an author, genealogist, artist, educator, and quilter. In a novel that combines over thirty years of genealogical research with imagination and storytelling, she presents rarely examined, segment of American history. This is done with a portrayal of the complicated, unspoken bonds within African American families and the struggles for basic survival . Ms. Brown Gathers tells us a story of real, flesh and blood women, making tough choices in the face of unbelievable loss.

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The enslavement of Africans in America was an institution that lasted over four hundred years. Learn how to collect your family's history.

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