Help Me to Find My People
The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery
By Heather Andrea Williams
University of North Carolina Press, Hardcover, 9780807835548, 264pp.
Publication Date: June 2012
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Williams follows those who were separated, chronicles their searches, and documents the rare experience of reunion. She also explores the sympathy, indifference, hostility, or empathy 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.