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Re: Review: Williams, _Help Me to Find My People_

Dear David:

What a brilliant review! Both the author's research in this important book and your sterling words of praise and insight are equals. You noted that the book is not a litany of cruel histories of families seperated under slavery. Instead, you underline chapter by chapter the impact of slavery on the enslaved and its complicitious enforcers.

We often hold back in our assessment of the emotional stress this may have had on enslaved families. Why? Because historical references are documented in other books entitled slave letters etc But your review clearly points out that family loss and its emotional impact during slavery are well documented in Help Me Find My People.

The author and your review present these unfortunate family members as three dimensional people. It attests to their loving bonds. It dispels the myth that as slaves, they were devoid of true emotions and that there was never time to create a loving family.

K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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