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Sleeping with the ancestors : how I followed the footprints of slavery  Cover Image Book Book

Sleeping with the ancestors : how I followed the footprints of slavery

McGill, Joseph Jr (author.). Frazier, Herb, 1950- (author,, writer of foreword.).

Summary: "In this enlightening personal account, one man tells the story of his groundbreaking project to sleep overnight in former slave dwellings that still stand across the country--revealing the fascinating history behind these sites and shedding light on larger issues of race in America. Joseph McGill Jr., a historic preservationist and Civil War reenactor, founded the Slave Dwelling Project in 2010 based on an idea that was sparked and first developed in 1999. Since founding the project, McGill has been touring the country, spending the night in former slave dwellings--throughout the South, but also the North and the West, where people are often surprised to learn that such structures exist. Events and gatherings are arranged around these overnight stays, and it provides a unique way to understand the often otherwise obscured and distorted history of slavery. The project has inspired difficult conversations about race in communities from South Carolina to Alabama to Texas to Minnesota to New York, and all over the United States. Sleeping with the Ancestors focuses on all of the key sites McGill has visited in his ongoing project and digs deeper into the actual history of each location, using McGill's own experience and conversations with the community to enhance those original stories. Altogether, McGill and coauthor Herb Frazier give listeners an important unexpected immersion into the history of slavery, and especially the obscured and ignored aspects of that history"--

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780306829666
  • ISBN: 0306829665
  • ISBN: 9780306829680
  • ISBN: 0306829681
  • Physical Description: print
    xiv, 337 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2023.

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-324) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Dusting off an old idea -- Embarking on a yearlong project -- Honoring the ancestors -- A homecoming -- A chapel for the enslaved -- Another state -- Expanding my horizon -- What history tells us -- Higher learning -- Presidential slaveholders -- Living history in our federal, state, and county parks -- Above the Mason-Dixon line -- Resistance -- Garden clubs -- Family reunions -- Impressions of the enslaved.
Subject: McGill, Joseph Jr Travel United States
Enslaved persons Dwellings United States History
Slavery United States
Racism United States History
United States Race relations
Esclaves Habitations États-Unis Histoire
Esclavage États-Unis
Racisme États-Unis Histoire
États-Unis Relations raciales
HISTORY / African American & Black
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / African American & Black
Race relations
United States
Plantation life
Slavery United States
Racism United States
United States Race relations
Genre: Autobiographies.
autobiographies (literary works)
Travel writing
Travel writing.
Récits de voyages.

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