I just bought this book and will be reading it soon, and I want to put a challenge out there. Would you get a copy as well and read it with me? I’d love to build a group of people reading this at the same time and meeting periodically (online or in person) to discuss. Here’s the thing- this book might be gold (or it might be trash!)- I’m coming into it having not read it yet either. It just came out last month. But I believe that in the process of reading together we can learn together. If you read the description and it immediately turns you off, I’ll make another challenge to you: send me a link to a book you want me to read and I’ll read that and discuss with you if you’ll commit to the same with this. #ChallengeTime #SummerBook
During the course of America’s painful and mournful history with slavery, against their will (as most things were… sigh), mothers and fathers were separated from their children, wives were snatched from the arms of their husbands, and siblings said goodbye to siblings… wondering if they’d all ever see one another again. Humans traded as property, from owner to owner, plantation to plantation. Again and again and again.
Have you ever thought about what happened to the now-freed families AFTER Emancipation?
Until I stumbled upon InformationWanted.org, I hadn’t.
This beautiful project coming out of Villanova University has given names to the individuals on an often life-long quest to find their freed loved ones. On the site, copies of actual ads placed in newspapers in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s are posted. Each ad is concise and to the point, but it’s hard to read them without feeling the emotions of desperation, longing, and loss.
I encourage all to check this site out.
(You can even help transcribe the ads as they’re placed on the site to aid in further genealogical research.)
It’s important for us to remember another crushing impact of our dark history of oppression and injustice against people of color.
May we see their humanity by saying their names, and may we stay ever vigilant today as slavery continues to reinvent itself under new labels and clever packaging.