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  •  For a long time it was just so hard (4+ / 0-)

    to wrap my head around it. There it was, so matter of fact, that this 9g-grandfather willed two human beings and their bedding to his wife. Then on to the other bequests ... my reactions ran the gamut from shock, dismay, anger, and yes a bit of lingering denial (maybe I was looking at the wrong family) ... I wanted to know why, but I also wanted to know what happened to the couple after that. Its been a few years, but I still struggle with emotions ... but in the end it is important to let people to know that it wasn't just the south or "rich" people. It was ugly and it really happened.

    While researching another line, which ended up in New Jersey a 100 years later, I read the membership records of the church my family belonged to. In the early 1800s, there were numerous references to people that with the notation of "colored" or "slave" ... the ones with the "slave" notation only had a first name. Again, the whole myth that northerners had nothing to do with slavery only contributes to ignorance and denial.

    "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

    by klompendanser on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 11:44:40 AM PDT

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