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Re: Generations from Slavery ?

Funny, how this was a subject of interest to me just yesterday while replaying a video tape of my father's mother, taken at age 102 and 103 (she died at 104). Part of my thinking was, "Grandma really was a smart woman, educated by experiences for over a century, her parents both were slaves." Her husband's parents were also slaves until after the Civil War. Both were my "tree of support." Generations of slavery were much different story on my mother's side of the family. Slavery within one branch has been documentated back at least four generations, her maternal side, and at least five generations back on her fraternal side. My current research traces back only five generations from me. [I'm a Great Depression Baby] Personally, I believe being a descendant from ancestors who were either free born, or freed prior to 1865, and those freed by acts after the Civil War, was a plus, rather than minus in the involuntary scheme of African American life. Sure, none of us ever should have been cast into this situation from the beginning, but I've taken it as having my glass half full not half empty. It makes life less bitter, more capable of looking at what has been accomplished or will be...

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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