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Over on the FPOC Forum, we have begun to talk about related books. I was asked to give a brief overview of the book, AMBIGUOUS LIVES by Adele Logan Alexander. It seemed appropriate to post the title here for a broader audience of genealogy and history bibliophiles. It has been a very long time since I read the book (will reread).

In this book, the author chronicles the lives of five free women of color in the rural South. The book also includes more than a passing glimpse at their family members and contemporaries. These women lived in Rural Georgia between 1789-1879 and were members of the author's own family. The book documents the "ambiguity" of these women's existence. They, like so many free persons of color, were caught in that dimly gray area where they were neither "enslaved or truly free". I recall that the book provided a wealth of information about this time period. The author intricately wove the patterns of these women's lives into a quilt of social enlightenment and historical significance. Although the author uses the scholarly approach of a talented historian, the book reads well. This well researched book provides another important layer to the building blocks that make up the whole of the African American experience in the United States. Oh, yes, Geder, it is replete with endnotes.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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