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The writing sparkles with brilliance on many different levels. First, of course, there is the content, and the subject matter - a riveting story of an adventure of a lifetime, tracking down answers to puzzling questions of identity and unraveling mysteries begun with an African ancestor (Edward Mozingo, born sometime before 1644, died 1711 or 1712). Then there is the tone and the style. Whereas many autobiographies and memoirs appear to be overwrought with a near hysterical tone and populated with hyper-emotional exclamation marks, as if the reader requires glaring neon-signs to illuminate the way toward some perspective or conclusion desired by the writer, here Mozingo demonstrates his considerable writing-chops by never falling into this lamentable trap.Read more ›
Joe's search led him to discover what was apparently the single origin of the name in America -- although misspelled in a variety of ways by official clerks over the yars -- in an 1672 court record officially granting Edward Mozingo, a Negro, his freedom. He even finds a record of land Edward owned and an inventory of his estate -- most unusual for a black man in colonial Virginia, and the source of the book's title.
Trying to make the connections across many generations Joe discovers that Edward married a white woman and through time many generations of descendants appear in official records some as white, others as mulatto. As they migrated west, more and more crossed the color line in their new communities. By now, all known descendants consider themselves white. Some find Joe's research intriguing but most still living in the south violently reject the idea that they descend from a black man.
Joe eventually travels to the area of Cameroon where the name Mozingo -- in many forms -- is quite common and where his own ancestor, who may have been of the ruling class, was quite probably captured and enslaved. It is a well researched and intriguing story with one of its strengths being Joe's willingness to explore not only his ancestry but the emotions that race still engenders in America. It is far more diligently researched and should not be compared to Alex Haley's widely known but more fictional "Roots." But African-Americans should not be deceived into believing every ancestral search will prove this rewarding. Joe Mozingo had luck as well as skill.
I liked the way Mozingo shifted the focus from his personal experiences and emotions to history. Back and forth, broadening our knowledge and making us feel a part of his personal experiences. For me, this made the story more intimate and enriching.
I have been recommending the book to my friends and now I can tell you how much I enjoyed it. I wouldn't say it is a 'quick read' but instead an adventure to savor that gives a different take away. This is not just a bit of family history, "Fiddler" is story of America and Slavery and change. It's the story of the genetic intermarriage of our planet and a hope for a future where "the world will be one."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I guess I learned you cannot really know history until you see it throughout the eyes of your family. Lots, of takeaways in this book.Published 1 month ago by Joan T
REALLY well written and well researched book, and interesting subject matter. The only reason I would have given it 4. Read morePublished 1 month ago by IsaBear
This was so interesting , I found Mozingos in my husbands family tree , they lived in Mississippi and I do want to try and locate someone in this family . Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leta
I loved this book! I'm very busy and prefer to listen to audios so I can keep on working while I read. This was worth taking time to sit down with. Read morePublished 5 months ago by audio lover
I thought the book was well written and a good read. I did enjoy it. But it lacks credible source documentation to back up some of the connections made between the family members. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
He seems to jump to many conclusions, jumping over or not taking the time to do good solid and sound genealogy research. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Thomas e. Williamson
Anyone interested in family history or the concept of race in the USA needs to read this book.Published 17 months ago by John H. Schroeter Jr.
I found this author's struggles moving as I have uncovered a similar mystery in my own family and two different stories around one ancestor.Published 19 months ago by Cheryl Adkins