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Uncle George and Me: Two Southern Families Confront a Shared Legacy of Slavery

Uncle George and Me: Two Southern Families Confront a Shared Legacy of Slavery

by Bill Sizemore


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In Uncle George and Me, author Bill Sizemore tells the story of his slave-owning Virginia ancestors, their slaves, and those slaves’ descendants—a story that lay buried by a century of denial and historical amnesia. Its threads run through the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, the struggle for civil rights, and the crippling legacy of slavery that still plagues the nation today. In microcosm, it is the story of Virginia and the South. In telling it, Sizemore hopes to advance an essential, if painful, national conversation about race.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947860100
Publisher: Brandylane Publishers
Publication date: 09/05/2018
Pages: 158
Sales rank: 965,625
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Bill Sizemore grew up in segregated small-town Virginia and spent forty-three years as a journalist, with most of that time spent at the Virginian-Pilot, the state's largest newspaper, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007. He wrote about topics as varied as state government and politics, televangelist Pat Robertson, the private military company Blackwater, and Virginia's prison-building boom. He has also written for The Associated Press, Ms. magazine, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Since his retirement in 2014, he has focused on his two highest priorities: playing with his grandchildren and writing books. He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. The Land of Eden
  3. Original Sin
  4. The Lost Cause
  5. Uncle George
  6. The Fragility of Freedom
  7. The Great Migration
  8. Rose and Charles
  9. Daffodil and Me
  10. Howard
  11. Truth and Reconciliation


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