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"Blue-Eyed Journalist Joe Mozingo Has an African Last Name. And Relatives in the Klan," was how one online reviewer introduced this story of genealogical discovery to its readers. Our blue-eyed author first learned that he might have black relatives by chance. That revelation on his first day of graduate school inspired Mozingo to begin what became an obsessive search for origins that led him to Africa and back to America to connect with his "Bantu-American" relations. What he learns on both sides of the Atlantic is fascinating: He uncovers valorous details about a very early Virginia freedman and fiddler ancestor, but he also finds that many of his present-day relatives would much prefer to keep this long-hidden history permanently buried. The Fiddler on Pantico Run offers pregnant lessons about the past, present, and future of American race relations. Editor's recommendation.