April 19th, 2015
Home | Log in! or Register

Fresh Fiction
Todays_Pick
Fresh Pick
Beyond the Darkness

Caridad PineiroCaridad Pineiro

On Top Shelf

X
Fresh Reader News delivered daily:

April Best Reads

Slideshow image


Since your web browser does not support JavaScript, here is a non-JavaScript version of the image slideshow:

slideshow image
Can a convicted criminal be trusted to help solve their case, or will he lead them straight into a double cross?


slideshow image
Can she restore his reputation or will he jeopardize hers?


slideshow image
Family, second chances--and the connections that bring women together in hope and healing. . .


slideshow image
Will this unlikely match prosper or fall to the shoals of the ton?


slideshow image
The Irresistible Italian: Married for Business


slideshow image
You'll never be the same




Purchase

Kindle
Buy at WalMart.com

Add to Wish List


Also by Lawrence P. Jackson:

My Father's Name, May 2012
Hardcover

My Father's Name
Lawrence P. Jackson

A Black Virginia Family after the Civil War

University Of Chicago Press
May 2012
On Sale: May 15, 2012
272 pages
ISBN: 0226389499
EAN: 9780226389493
Kindle: B007VDUQ5S
Hardcover / e-Book
$25.00
Add to Wish List

Non-Fiction History | Non-Fiction Biography

Armed with only early boyhood memories, Lawrence P. Jackson begins his quest by setting out from his home in Baltimore for Pittsylvania County, Virginia, to try to find his late grandfather’s old home by the railroad tracks in Blairs. My Father’s Name tells the tale of the ensuing journey, at once a detective story and a moving historical memoir, uncovering the mixture of anguish and fulfillment that accompanies a venture into the ancestral past, specifically one tied to the history of slavery. After asking around in Pittsylvania County and carefully putting the pieces together, Jackson finds himself in the house of distant relations. In the pages that follow, he becomes increasingly absorbed by the search for his ancestors and increasingly aware of how few generations an African American needs to map back in order to arrive at slavery, “a door of no return.” Ultimately, Jackson’s dogged research in libraries, census records, and courthouse registries enables him to trace his family to his grandfather’s grandfather, a man who was born or sold into slavery but who, when Federal troops abandoned the South in 1877, was able to buy forty acres of land. In this intimate study of a black Virginia family and neighborhood, Jackson vividly reconstructs moments in the lives of his father’s grandfather, Edward Jackson, and great-grandfather, Granville Hundley, and gives life to revealing narratives of Pittsylvania County, recalling both the horror of slavery and the later struggles of postbellum freedom. My Father’s Name is a family story full of twists and turns—and one of haunting familiarity to many Americans, who may question whether the promises of emancipation have ever truly been fulfilled. It is also a resolute look at the duties that come with reclaiming and honoring Americans who survived slavery and a thoughtful meditation on its painful and enduring history.

Media Buzz

All Things Considered - May 26, 2012

Comments

No comments posted.

Registered users may leave comments.
Log in or register now!

© 2003-2015 off-the-edge.net
all rights reserved

Google+ Google+