David, this thorough and detailed review was posted to the AfriGeneas page on Facebook this day 25 Feb 2017. Thanx muchly for your works!
Heather Andrea Williams, Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family
Lost in Slavery (Chapel Hill: The University of
North Carolina Press, 2012. Pp. xii, 251).
Help Me to Find My People is a befitting capstone to the edifice of knowledge about the interstate slave trade erected by scholars over the cornerstone work of Frederic Bancroft in 1931. [Note 1] Although Heather Andrea Williams does not position her book as a study of the state trade, Help Me to Find My People, by focusing on family separation, is the first scholarly study of the immediate emotional impact of separation by slave trading, and the long-term impact of scarred emotional memory and longing for reunification resulting from the practice.