Sleeping With the Ancestors

Sleeping With the Ancestors How I Followed the Footprints of Slavery

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Publisher's Synopsis

Joseph McGill Jr., a historic preservationist and Civil War reenactor, founded the Slave Dwelling Project in 2010 based on an idea that was sparked and first developed in 1999.

Since founding the project, McGill has been touring the country, spending the night in former slave dwellings-throughout the South, but also the North and the West, where people are often surprised to learn that such structures exist. Events and gatherings are arranged around these overnight stays, and it provides a unique way to understand the often otherwise obscured and distorted history of slavery. The project has inspired difficult conversations about race in communities from South Carolina to Alabama to Texas to Minnesota to New York, and all over the United States.

Sleeping with the Ancestors focuses on all of the key sites McGill has visited in his ongoing project and digs deeper into the actual history of each location, using McGill's own experience and conversations with the community to enhance those original stories. Altogether, McGill and co-author Herb Frazier give readers an important unexpected emersion into the history of slavery, and especially the obscured and ignored aspects of that history.

Book information

ISBN: 9780306829666
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Hachette Books
Pub date:
Edition: First edition
DEWEY: 306.3620973
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 288 , 8 of unnumbered plates
Weight: 568g
Height: 162mm
Width: 238mm
Spine width: 34mm