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The other Madisons : the lost history of a president's Black family

Kearse, Bettye (author.).

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LARL Cataloging LARL67839 (Text) LARL67839 New On order -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781328603531
  • ISBN: 132860439X
  • ISBN: 9781328604392
  • Physical Description: pages cm
    print
  • Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2020]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: The new Griotte -- The box -- Family stories -- Footsteps -- Living history -- Destination Jim Crow -- The dentist -- Beads -- The castle -- The museum -- "Visiting" -- Sanctuaries -- In search of the President's son -- Elizabeth -- Free! -- Gramps -- New York memorial -- The plantation's tale -- History. Heritage. Memory.
Summary, etc.: "A descendant of a slave named Coreen, and-according to oral tradition-her owner, President James Madison, finally shares her family's story."--
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2
    In the grand tradition of oral history, West African griots and griottes used the power of storytelling to pass down family tales from generation to generation. When Kearse's mother delivered a box of carefully curated familial artifacts, she became her family's newest griotte. Kearse set out not only to be the first griotte to commemorate her family's story in written word but to also find solid evidence to support her family's motto, "Always remember—you're a Madison. You came from African slaves and a president." According to lore, their lineage could be traced back to a slave named Coreen and President James Madison. Kearse's journey to set the record straight was riddled with obstacles and took her around the world, from Lagos to Virginia to Ghana and New York. The result is a compelling saga that gives a voice to those that history tried to erase. Kearse deftly alternates between chapters detailing her experiences and accounts told from the perspective of their family matriarch, a West African slave called Mandy. Poignant and eye-opening, this is a must-read. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2
    In the grand tradition of oral history, West African griots and griottes used the power of storytelling to pass down family tales from generation to generation. When Kearse's mother delivered a box of carefully curated familial artifacts, she became her family's newest griotte. Kearse set out not only to be the first griotte to commemorate her family's story in written word but to also find solid evidence to support her family's motto, "Always remember—you're a Madison. You came from African slaves and a president." According to lore, their lineage could be traced back to a slave named Coreen and President James Madison. Kearse's journey to set the record straight was riddled with obstacles and took her around the world, from Lagos to Virginia to Ghana and New York. The result is a compelling saga that gives a voice to those that history tried to erase. Kearse deftly alternates between chapters detailing her experiences and accounts told from the perspective of their family matriarch, a West African slave called Mandy. Poignant and eye-opening, this is a must-read. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

BETTYE KEARSE is a retired pediatrician and geneticist. Her writing has appeared in the Boston Herald, River Teeth, and Black Lives Have Always Mattered, and was listed as notable in The Best American Essays 2014. She lives in New Mexico.

Subject: Madison, James 1751-1836 Family
Madison, James 1751-1836 relations with African Americans
Madison family
Mandy active 18th century
Coreen active 18th century
African American families History
Racially mixed people United States
Slaves Virginia History
Freedmen Texas History
Madison family
Madison, James 1751-1836
African American families
Families
Freedmen
Racially mixed people
Relations with African Americans
Slaves
Texas
United States
Virginia
Genre: History.
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