Somerset Homecoming Recovering a Lost Heritage

ISBN-10: 0807848433
ISBN-13: 9780807848432
Edition: 2000
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Description: In 1860, Somerset Place was one of the most successful plantations in North Carolina--and its owner one of the largest slaveholders in the state. More than 300 slaves worked the plantation's fields at the height of its prosperity; but nearly 125  More...

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List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 3/30/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 8.05" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

In 1860, Somerset Place was one of the most successful plantations in North Carolina--and its owner one of the largest slaveholders in the state. More than 300 slaves worked the plantation's fields at the height of its prosperity; but nearly 125 years later, the only remembrance of their lives at Somerset, now a state historic site, was a lonely wooden sign marked "Site of Slave Quarters." Somerset Homecoming, first published in 1989, is the story of one woman's unflagging efforts to recover the history of her ancestors, slaves who had lived and worked at Somerset Place. Traveling down winding southern roads, through county courthouses and state archives, and onto the front porches of people willing to share tales handed down through generations, Dorothy Spruill Redford spent ten years tracing the lives of Somerset's slaves and their descendants. Her endeavors culminated in the joyous, nationally publicized homecoming she organized that brought together more than 2,000 descendants of the plantation's slaves and owners and marked the beginning of a campaign to turn Somerset Place into a remarkable resource for learning about the history of both African Americans and whites in the region.

Acknowledgments
Beginnings
'Over de River'
The Road Home
The Arrival
Voices from the Past
Connecting
Somerset Homecoming
Epilogue
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