Homelands and Waterways: The American Journey of the Bond Family, 1846-1926

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 720 pages
This monumental history traces the rise of a resolute African American family (the author's own) from privation to the middle class. In doing so, it explodes the stereotypes that have shaped and distorted our thinking about African Americans--both in slavery and in freedom.

Beginning with John Robert Bond, who emigrated from England to fight in the Union Army during the Civil War and married a recently freed slave, Alexander shows three generations of Bonds as they take chances and break new ground.

From Victorian England to antebellum Virginia, from Herman Melville's New England to the Jim Crow South, from urban race riots to the battlefields of World War I, this fascinating chronicle sheds new light on eighty crucial years in our nation's troubled history. The Bond family's rise from slavery, their interaction with prominent figures such as W. E. B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington, and their eventual, uneasy realization of the American dream shed a great deal of light on our nation's troubled heritage.

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I like family history. I bought this book because of that but it is so much more. The family had modest beginnings in the United States; the first immigrant to the US was a seaman from Liverpool. He ... Read full review

Homelands and waterways: the American journey of the Bond family, 1846-1926

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This is African American family history with a twist. It begins in Liverpool, England, in the 1840s with free African progenitor James Bond and Irishwoman Eliza Kelly. Their son John Robert Bond ... Read full review


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Adele Logan Alexander lives in Washington, D.C.

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