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Williams follows those who were separated, chronicles their searches, and documents the rare experience of reunion. She also explores the empathy, sympathy, indifference, and hostility 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 the author: 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.
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By Kathy on 07-29-16
Vulnerability and Grief
Beautifully written by Heather Andrea Williams, flawlessly narrated by Robin Miles, this audiobook should be required reading for all Americans. It is a part of our collective history, and I certainly do not remember it being presented in this way back when I was in school learning American History. Heartbreaking and utterly sad, it is the history of the African-American family during the slavery era and the attempts to reclaim long-lost family members after emancipation.
For me, it is just impossible to imagine what it must have been like to be separated from loved ones--children, spouses, parents--often for the rest of one's life . . . to be paraded around and sold at an auction like lowly cattle . . . to be no more than property.
But yes, we all know this, right? But how much do we really know? And how much do we want to know? And maybe it's just too painful to listen to? And it was a long time ago and we just need to let it go, right? Things are so much better today, why dredge up the past?
Get this audiobook and listen to it!
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
By ayodele higgs on 03-07-15
Help Me to Find My People was a great book which surpassed my expectations. I got to make new realizations, cry, and be grateful for the sacrifices made for me. I am sure my great great great grandmother born in the shadow of slavery would smile looking on all her progeny succeeding in this country.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful