Whispers from the Dust. The Freedmen Records and African American Family History. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey Douglas. The central question. “What shall be done with the slaves?” W.E.B. Du Bois, 1901, Atlantic Monthly. W.E.B. DuBois.
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The Freedmen Records and
African American Family History
Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey Douglas
“What shall be done with the slaves?”
W.E.B. Du Bois, 1901, Atlantic Monthly
The Emancipation Proclamation
provided the moral and legal frame
Signed: January 1, 1863
Lincoln: "I never, in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper.”
“set apart, for the use of loyal . . . freedmen, such tracts of land within the insurrectionary states as shall have been abandoned . . . and to every male citizen . . . there shall be assigned not more than forty acres of such land.”
General Howard sent the news to Sea Islands, Georgia.
One asked: “Why, General Howard, why do you take away our lands?”
Lists 9 of their 16 children
Official Marriage Date: April 19, 1866Benjamin Manson and Sarah White marriage certificate
"In all of us there is a hunger marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from.
“Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum. An emptiness. And the most disquieting loneliness.”
Alex Haley, at a World conference on Family History