Taking Back What Was Once Lost

Slavery in the South

slaveerysouthI just discovered another terrific resource, and you know I believe in sharing. The book shown at right, “Slavery in the South”, by Clayton Jewett and John Allen, was originally conceived as a textbook for seniors and college students working in the subject area. But it turns out to be a dream resource for African-American genealogists.

The book gives a history and timeline for each state, of slavery. I just purchased the book, and I am profoundly impressed. Each section provides that state’s unique history, including their laws re: slavery and freed blacks–that is such a critical piece of understanding your ancestor’s lives. It includes plenty of primary material from the enslaved, and I think the inclusion of that (as opposed to material created and written by slaveowners) is what pushes this book into the ‘exceptional’ category. Each section includes a bibliography, and there are a good dose of statistics (for example, numbers of slaves at various times) and Appendixes provide additional contextual information. Although this book was not conceived for genealogists, to have all this information in one place is quite phenomenal. Great information to add to the write-up of your family’s story.

The book is not cheap ( I bought a used one for $60) but GoogleBooks has it, and if you do an internet search, you could always just copy the information for your state of interest. That’s how I found out about it. But you know me–I’m always looking to add to my genealogy library;)

Check it out, family.


  1. October 26, 2009    

    Thanks for the tip on this book. I am always looking for another good resourse to add to my library. This one sounds like a winner.


  2. October 26, 2009    

    Thanks for this post. I checked the book out on google books and found lots of helpful information, even though I could only see a preview. :)

  3. October 27, 2009    

    Thanks Robyn,
    You know I will get this book just like the other two you recommended. Already have Dr Woodtor’s book, Finding a place called home and waiting on the other one to arrive. Thanks for the recommendations and will purchase this one as soon as I can find it.

    • October 29, 2009    

      I’m going to go broke buying books!!! LOL

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I blog, teach, write and lecture about family history research and it's just as rewarding today as it was when I began 18 years ago. This lifelong quest has helped me to better know my past and I've taken back--reclaimed- my kin and some of that lost memory.  

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"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."
-William Faulkner

"Call it a clan, call it a network, all it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one"
- Jane Howard

"Friends are God's apologies for relations."
-Hugh Kingsmill

"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"
-Elbert Hubbard

"Families are like fudge; mostly sweet with a few nuts."

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you might as well make it dance!"

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city;)"
-George Burns

"Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has yet been found."
-Winston Churchill

"The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never ever introduce yourself to had life not done it for you."
-Kendall Hailey

"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all the generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."
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