My Father's Name: A Black Virginia Family after the Civil by Lawrence P. Jackson

By Lawrence P. Jackson

Armed with purely early boyhood stories, Lawrence P. Jackson starts his quest by way of taking off from his domestic in Baltimore for Pittsylvania County, Virginia, to attempt to discover his overdue grandfather’s previous domestic by way of the railroad tracks in Blairs. My Father’s Name tells the story of the consequent trip, immediately a detective tale and a relocating historic memoir, uncovering the aggregate of soreness and achievement that accompanies a enterprise into the ancestral previous, particularly one tied to the historical past of slavery.

After asking round in Pittsylvania County and thoroughly placing the items jointly, Jackson unearths himself in the home of far away relatives. within the pages that stick to, he turns into more and more absorbed by means of the hunt for his ancestors and more and more conscious of how few generations an African American must map again that allows you to arrive at slavery, “a door of no return.” eventually, Jackson’s dogged study in libraries, census files, and courthouse registries allows him to track his kin to his grandfather’s grandfather, a guy who was once born or offered into slavery yet who, whilst Federal troops deserted the South in 1877, was once in a position to purchase 40 acres of land. during this intimate examine of a black Virginia kin and local, Jackson vividly reconstructs moments within the lives of his father’s grandfather, Edward Jackson, and great-grandfather, Granville Hundley, and provides existence to revealing narratives of Pittsylvania County, recalling either the horror of slavery and the later struggles of postbellum freedom.

My Father’s Name is a relatives tale jam-packed with twists and turns—and one in all haunting familiarity to many americans, who may well query no matter if the guarantees of emancipation have ever actually been fulfilled. it's also a resolute examine the tasks that include reclaiming and honoring americans who survived slavery and a considerate meditation on its painful and enduring history.

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