The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family's Journey to Freedom
ISBN: 1416567410
EAN13: 9781416567417
Language: English
Publication Date: Jan 5, 2010
Pages: 432
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.6" L x 5.6" W
Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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When John F. Baker Jr. was in the seventh grade, he saw a photograph of four former slaves in his social studies textbook--two of them were his grandmother's grandparents. He began the lifelong research project that would become The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation, the fruit of more than thirty years of archival and field research and DNA testing spanning 250 years.

A descendant of Wessyngton slaves, Baker has written the most accessible and exciting work of African American history since Roots. He has not only written his own family's story but included the history of hundreds of slaves and their descendants now numbering in the thousands throughout the United States. More than one hundred rare photographs and portraits of African Americans who were slaves on the plantation bring this compelling American history to life.

Founded in 1796 by Joseph Washington, a distant cousin of America's first president, Wessyngton Plantation covered 15,000 acres and held 274 slaves, whose labor made it the largest tobacco plantation in America. Atypically, the Washingtons sold only two slaves, so the slave families remained intact for generations. Many of their descendants still reside in the area surrounding the plantation. The Washington family owned the plantation until 1983; their family papers, housed at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Read More chevron_right

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