I am a fifth-generation Texan who is the descendant of slave holders. When the slaves my family held became free, they took the Tomlinson name. Since I was a child, I have tried to understand what this legacy means for me and for the African American Tomlinsons. Tomlinson Hill tells the story of these two families: one African-American, one Anglo, with the same name and heritage.
NonFiction: I read Devil in the White City years ago and remembered it reading more like fiction than non fiction. This was not this case for this book. But, since the content is fascinating, I soldiered on, reading in short bits. Recognizing that we now have the benefit of hindsight, I still find it so hard to believe that people in the position to actually have made decisions that could have potentially altered history, didn't.
This articles focus on the intense work of a daughter of slavery and a son of the slave trade. For those who do not realize the drivers to the past behavior that brought about slavery, they are most likely to repeat the pattern that creates it. Is slavery truly gone in our day and age? Is it still a threat lurking in the back rooms of the human mind? Is it happening under the name of migrant work, outsourcing, etc?
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