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The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family's Journey to Freedom

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  37 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
When John F. Baker Jr. was in the seventh grade, he saw a photograph of four former slaves in his social studies textbook. When he learned that two of them were his grandmother's grandparents, he began the lifelong research project that would become The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation, the fruit of more than thirty years of archival and field research and DNA testing ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Atria Books (first published 2009)
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Lyn
May 18, 2012 Lyn rated it really liked it
I bought this autographed book in the museum store at the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's estate, near Nashville, TN. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was that the author told of family relationships of those he interviewed but he should have included a fold-out family tree so I could keep them all straight. The publisher may have nixed this as an extra cost. Too bad.

Whatever--
the book was an amazing story of a white family and the black families they owned on the main plantation and several
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RYCJ
Aug 02, 2011 RYCJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Indeed this is some fine work, what I call a book of many historical books condensed and framed around descendants of Washington and Wessyngton.

Moreso than the collection of historical accounts and stats, and the abundance of photos to support the work (astounding!), but it is the presentation that wins this work over. It's as if, and I'm almost sure the author did, painstakingly and meticulously pieced together the research done, letter by letter. I honestly stopped trying to figure out who wa
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Kayla Montgomery
I was interested in this book for the reasons I read In Search of the Promised Land. But, this book was much more about the life-long journey of the author into his family history. Again, Tennessee history was key, the Wessyngton Plantation uniquely situated as central to the story and the impact of the civil war key to how the lives evolved. The factual information such as the laws governing race relations and freedom after the civil war were so informative. Realities I benefited from reading. ...more
Dwainia Tullis
Aug 05, 2012 Dwainia Tullis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gave great insights into the lifestyles of the people at Wessyngton Plantation. The Washington s,(related to George Washington,the president) I've learned where keepers of data even down to a note that was jotted down on a piece of paper, this and the accounts of people interviewed that have memories from that time made this book a fascinating read and it's not what you think should or would happen during those time periods. This book helped to confirm some oral history that had been s ...more
Bettina Cohen
Mar 10, 2014 Bettina Cohen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little slow-going, because I became so engrossed with the author's research, especially into family records, yet this is absolutely a book I'd recommend to American history buffs. Fascinating, and told without embellishment, with photos and other illustrations that help bring it to life.
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