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In Search Of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past

By Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN: 978-1510720701
MY HERO recommends this book to children readers.

Unlike most white Americans who can search their ancestral records, identifying who among their forebears was the first to step foot on this country’s shores, most African Americans encounter a series of daunting obstacles when trying to trace their family’s past. Slavery brutally negated identity, denying black men and women even their names. But from that legacy of slavery have sprung generations who’ve struggled, thrived, and lived extraordinary lives. - Amazon.comFollowing up on the PBS series tracing the genealogy of 19 prominent African Americans, Gates details the long and arduous efforts given the abrupt disruption of the Middle Passage and the secrets created by illicit race mixing during and after slavery. - Booklist Review