Phoebe Kilby and Betty Kilby-Baldwin discuss Slavery's Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation

Race remains a potent and divisive force in our society. Whether it is the shooting of minority people by the police, the mass incarceration of people of color, or the recent KKK rallies that have been in the news, it is clear that the scars from the United States' histories of slavery and racial discrimination run too deep to simply be ignored. But what are the most productive ways to deal with the toxic and torturous legacies of American racism? Slavery's Descendants brings together contributors from a variety of racial backgrounds, all members or associates of a national racial reconciliation organization called Coming to the Table, to tell their stories of dealing with America's racial past through their experiences and their family histories. Some are descendants of slaveholders, some are descendants of the enslaved, and many are descendants of both slaveholders and slaves. What they all have in common is a commitment toward collective introspection, and a willingness to think critically about how the nation's histories of oppression continue to ripple into the present, affecting us all. The stories in Slavery's Descendants deal with harrowing topics--rape, lynching, cruelty, shame--but they also describe acts of generosity, gratitude, and love. Together, they help us confront the legacy of slavery to reclaim a more complete picture of U.S. history, one cousin at a time. Funding for the production of this book was provided by Furthermore, a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund (https: //www.furthermore.org).

Jill Strauss teaches conflict resolution at Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York.

Dionne Ford is the author of Finding Josephine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, More, LitHub, Rumpus, and Ebony, and has won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newswomens' Club of New York.

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By Jill Strauss (Editor), Dionne Ford (Editor), Dionne Ford (Preface by), Jill Strauss (Introduction by), Shannon LaNier (Contributions by), A.B. Westrick (Contributions by), Grant Hayter-Menzies (Contributions by), Joseph McGill (Contributions by), R. Gregory Nokes (Contributions by), Antoinette Broussard (Contributions by), Catherine Sasanov (Contributions by), Leslie Stainton (Contributions by), Rodney G. Williams (Contributions by), Eileen Jackson (Contributions by), Karen Branan (Contributions by), Stephanie Harp (Contributions by), Sharon Morgan (Contributions by), Thomas Norman Dewolf (Contributions by), Bill Sizemore (Contributions by), Karen Stewart-Ross (Contributions by), Sara Jenkins (Contributions by), David Terrett Beumée (Contributions by), Debian Marty (Contributions by), Tammarrah Lee (Contributions by), Elissa Pearmain (Contributions by), Sarah Kohrs (Contributions by), Betty Kilby-Baldwin (Contributions by), Phoebe Kilby (Contributions by), Fabrice Guerrier (Contributions by), Jill Strauss (Afterword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781978800762
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Published: Rutgers University Press - May 10th, 2019