AN AMERICAN STORY: MY FAMILY AND YOURS - Liberation of the Inner Self is Power

AN AMERICAN STORY: MY FAMILY AND YOURS - Liberation of the Inner Self is Power

by Dr Mamie Smith

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Overview

This book emerged from a person’s desire to leave a legacy for future generations, and in doing so, enable them to define their identity, underscore their birthright and enlarge their posterity. It will reach into the annals of history and discover mothers, fathers, grandfathers, grandmothers, sister and brothers who removed the branches of poverty, unwound the threads of discrimination and paved the way to success.



Briefly, the first chapter highlights the origin of slavery in America, its progression, slave resistance, and the political machine that guided slavery from forced labor, to forced labor generated by racism, greed and prejudice.



The following chapters reveal the author’s ever-expanding understanding of slavery and the American slave—a view that says, “I am proud of my ancestry and recognize that the success each African American enjoys in this country today, originated from the courage, strength and bravery of the slave of yesterday.” This knowledge is freedom—freedom from guilt, fear, shame and a “less than” mentality slavery sought to inflict on us.



The last thirteen chapters are reflections and recollections by the author of her thirteen siblings, their actions and interactions with American culture and society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634928830
Publisher: BookLocker.com Inc
Publication date: 01/25/2018
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Dr. Mamie Smith is an author, radio talk show host, inspirational speaker, teacher, business woman and musician. She writes on numerous online social media sites, has established her own network UnfoldingofaRose.Com and blog Open Thought. Smith lives in Michigan, is a widow and has two sons.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION - The Heart of a Family: A Historical Perspective

CHAPTER ONE - My Family – The Beginning

The Beginning of American Slavery

Slave Resistance

The Scars of Slavery

CHAPTER TWO - My Paternal Grand-Mother

Grandma Lucy’s Parents

CHAPTER THREE - Grandma Lucy Finds Marriage

The Siblings of My Father

CHAPTER FOUR - THE DOTSONS – MY MATERNAL ANCESTRY

Confirmation of the Maternal Ancestry Cited

CHAPTER FIVE - Life with My Parents: Robert and Oneita Ferguson

CHAPTER SIX - A Perspective of Marriage and Courtship

Homecoming Day at Jackson State College

Synopsis of the Unfolding of a Rose

Why I Wrote the Unfolding of a Rose

The Unfolding of a Rose - Chapter One

CHAPTER SEVEN - MY LIFE AFTER THE UNFOLDING OF A ROSE

Mama Finds a Man!

Dad Passes Away

At Ninety-Seven, Mom Moves On

My Tribute to Mom

CHAPTER EIGHT - DAREE MARSHALL - Child #1

CHAPTER NINE - ZEPORAH MOORE - Child #2

CHAPTER TEN - GLORIA WOOTEN - Child #4

CHAPTER ELEVEN - BOBBIE JEAN OLIVE - Child #5

CHAPTER TWELVE - ROBERT LOUIS FERGUSON - Child #6

CHAPTER THIRTEEN - SHIRLEY ANN ANDERSON - Child #7

CHAPTER FOURTEEN - RUBY NELL HENDRICKS - Child #8

CHAPTER FIFTEEN - DELOIS FERGUSON - Child #9

CHAPTER SIXTEEN - AUBREY DELLA GORDON-HAY - Child #10

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN - PERCY LONNELL FERGUSON - Child #11

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN - MICHAEL FERGUSON - Child #12

CHAPTER NINETEEN - PAMELA MCCLENDON - Child #13

CHAPTER TWENTY - WILLIAM TYRONE FERGUSON - Child #14 – The Last One

The Author’s Message to Siblings

THE FINAL CHAPTER - Your Family and Mine: One Family, One Nation

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