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In light of #ReconstructionPBS and #FindingYourRoots I feel compelled to share this picture..though I'm sure my minuscule followers & non fame no one will care but I want to share the teeny gap between slavery and now.. so here goes *thread
This is my GREAT GREAT grandfather Sylvester Dawson of Yatesville, GA. As I was raised by my grandfather and him by his ..this man..I heard many stories Sylvester growing up ..whom I didnt even know his real name as he was known as Zeke my whole life
It says granddaddy on the picture bc that is my deceased grandfathers writing and thats what he called him and how close they were. Sylvester was born. Zeke was born in 1857 so he was 8 years old at emancipation and thereby came of age during #Reconstruction
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1. Even after being told by a historian that Bryant Gumbel's ancestor was not a Confederate soldier @HenryLouisGates @PBS #FindingYourRoots chose to push one of the most popular myths about the Civil War and the Confederacy. This show is now on record...…
2. believing that the Confederacy actively recruited slaves and free blacks into the Confederate army before March 1865. #FindingYourRoots now will be embraced by neo-Confederates who believe that the Confederacy allied with southern blacks and worked toward emancipation.
3. The worst part of all of this is that Bryant Gumbel's family history was butchered so that @HenryLouisGates could push a pernicious myth all in the name of reminding the public that history is complex. Of course it is, but you don't have to sacrifice research to make this pt.
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