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Soaking the Yule Log covers ten generations of history about several European-American and African-American families from North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. It explores the parallel and interdependent lives of these families from 1749 - 1995 and gives glimpses of social and political impacts on their societies.
Soaking the Yule Log features reproductions of many source documents about these families: slave bills of sale (1792-1860); lists of slaves freed by the Union Army and other slave documents; ante-bellum plantation records; wills/estate settlements; post-war freedmen labor contracts; old, interesting photographs.
Soaking the Yule Log satisfies a number of varied interests. It is an excellent "how-to" model - how to research those hard-to-find (slave or indentured) relatives in seldom utilized records, and how to organize and present the data.
Soaking the Yule Log , with 514 + xxviii pages, has a 6x9 hard cover, complete name, slave and subject indices, several appendices, bibliography, charts, maps, and illustrations.
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Soaking the Yule Log is a MUST for your library. In addition to PEOPLE Magazine (Nov. 16, 1998), this book has been featured in hundreds of major newspapers throughout the country. The National Geneaolgical Society, which selects relatively few books for critical review, chose Soaking the Yule Log and stated '... the author has compiled an impressive body of data .... the work is a useful contribution to African American genealogy .... Through extensive research, Bennett demonstrates that nonwhites CAN trace their family history before the Civil War'" (Volume 85, Number 3, September 1997)From the Author:
The title of my book, Soaking the Yule Log, has its roots in an old family legend dating back to 1792. The legend, passed down by descendants of a slave owner, tells of slaves who were given Christmas holiday "as long as the Yule log burned." The slaves, showing ingenuity, soaked the log in a nearby creek, thereby extending their Christmas holiday.
"Soaking the Yule log" has become a metaphor for generations of my African-American families - people, constrained by many of society's laws and mores, who found small ways to regain some measure of control over their own lives.
Soaking the Yule Log has made national headlines in over 100 newspapers, periodicals and a TV documentary. It has been featured in People magazine, November 16, 1998, and was discussed on "Our Lives, Channel 12 in Connecticut on May 23, 1998.
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Book Description Katie Brown Bennett. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 0964985314 Personalized author inscription on fly page. 2nd printing. Book in beautiful condition barring the personalization. Binding solid, pages crisp and clean, no other markings found. Green boards bright and shiny with very light scuffs. Extremities lightly bumped with minimal tip wear. Seller Inventory # SKU1011641
Book Description Katie Brown Bennett, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: Collectible: Like New. Second Printing. Author signed second printing looks unread. Please email for photos. Larger books or sets may require additional shipping charges. Books sent via US Postal. Seller Inventory # 79696