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Unveiled Voices, Unvarnished Memories: The Cromwell Family in Slavery and Segregation, 1692-1972 Hardcover – December 30, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri (December 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826216765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826216762
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,669,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A fascinating window onto the social and political life of the educated [African American] elite during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Many of the documents are particularly rich because of personal voice.”—Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, editor-in-chief of The Harvard Guide to African-American History

“This rich documentary collection and its helpful interpretative section, clear, nuanced, well-researched, is an education and a pleasure to read.”—Alfred A. Moss Jr., coauthor of From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans

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Adelaide M. Cromwell is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Boston University and the author of five books, including The Other Brahmins: Boston’s Black Upper Class, 1750–1950 and An African Victorian Feminist: The Life and Times of Adelaide Smith Casely Hayford, 1868–1960. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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A compelling story from a family's records and letters about the slave markets of Maryland and their escape to professional careers over three generations.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boston on September 24, 2011
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Ms. Cromwell in most of her books has barely touched on the lineage of her Mother's side of the family. Her books give only one side of the story and her life. Ms. Cromwell appears to be ashamed of her mother. She has embraced her aunt as a mother figure in another book. Why is she appear to be ashamed of the working class members of her family? Is that less colorful or exciting than rising up from slavery? This is black elitism.

I would suggest that readers, read between the lines of this book. Did her mother complete her education, was she pushed into the background by over bearing spinster aunts?

I would love to read more about Ms. Cromwell's mother.
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