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

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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After the Civil War, African Americans placed poignant "information wanted" advertisements in newspapers, searching for missing family members. Inspired by the power of these ads, Heather Andrea Williams uses slave narratives, letters, interviews, public records, and diaries to guide readers back to devastating moments of family separation during slavery when people were sold away from parents, siblings, spouses, and children. Williams explores the heartbreaking stories of separation and the long, usually unsuccessful journeys toward reunification.
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