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The Resource The accidental slaveowner : revisiting a myth of race and finding an American family, Mark Auslander

The accidental slaveowner : revisiting a myth of race and finding an American family, Mark Auslander

Label
The accidental slaveowner : revisiting a myth of race and finding an American family
Title
The accidental slaveowner
Title remainder
revisiting a myth of race and finding an American family
Statement of responsibility
Mark Auslander
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
What does one contested account of an enslaved woman tell us about our difficult racial past? Part history, part anthropology, and part detective story, this book traces, from the 1850s to the present day, how different groups of people have struggled with one powerful story about slavery. For over a century and a half, residents of Oxford, Georgia (the birthplace of Emory University), have told and retold stories of the enslaved woman known as "Kitty" and her owner, Methodist bishop James Osgood Andrew, first president of Emory's board of trustees. Bishop Andrew's ownership of Miss Kitty and other enslaved persons triggered the 1844 great national schism of the Methodist Episcopal Church, presaging the Civil War. For many local whites, Bishop Andrew was only "accidentally" a slaveholder, and when offered her freedom, Kitty willingly remained in slavery out of loyalty to her master. Local African Americans, in contrast, tend to insist that Miss Kitty was the Bishop's coerced lover and that she was denied her basic freedoms throughout her life. The author approaches these opposing narratives as "myths," not as falsehoods, but as deeply meaningful and resonant accounts that illuminate profound enigmas in American history and culture. After considering the multiple, powerful ways that the Andrew-Kitty myths have shaped perceptions of race in Oxford, at Emory, and among southern Methodists, he sets out to uncover the "real" story of Kitty and her family. His years long feat of collaborative detective work results in a series of discoveries and helps open up important arenas for reconciliation, restorative justice, and social healing
Member of
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Auslander, Mark
Dewey number
975.8/041
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
E445.G3
LC item number
A97 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kitty
  • Andrew, James O.
  • Methodist Episcopal Church, South
  • Slavery
  • Women slaves
  • Slaveholders
  • Bishops
  • Andrew, James O.
  • Kitty
  • Methodist Episcopal Church, South
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Bishops
  • Slaveholders
  • Slavery
  • Women slaves
  • Georgia
Label
The accidental slaveowner : revisiting a myth of race and finding an American family, Mark Auslander
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The myth of Kitty -- Distant kin : slavery and cultural intimacy in a Georgia community -- "The tenderest solicitude for her welfare" : founding texts of the Andrew-Kitty narrative -- "As free as I am" : retelling the narrative -- "The other side of paradise" : mythos and memory in the cemetery -- "The most interesting building in Georgia" : the strange career of Kitty's cottage -- Enigmas of kinship : Miss Kitty and her family -- "Out of the shadows" : the Andrew family slaves -- Saying something now
Control code
756280794
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 383 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9786613252975
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt3q4sjm
  • 859d7f45-f00a-4b78-a738-a795ca2729db
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)756280794
Label
The accidental slaveowner : revisiting a myth of race and finding an American family, Mark Auslander
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The myth of Kitty -- Distant kin : slavery and cultural intimacy in a Georgia community -- "The tenderest solicitude for her welfare" : founding texts of the Andrew-Kitty narrative -- "As free as I am" : retelling the narrative -- "The other side of paradise" : mythos and memory in the cemetery -- "The most interesting building in Georgia" : the strange career of Kitty's cottage -- Enigmas of kinship : Miss Kitty and her family -- "Out of the shadows" : the Andrew family slaves -- Saying something now
Control code
756280794
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 383 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9786613252975
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt3q4sjm
  • 859d7f45-f00a-4b78-a738-a795ca2729db
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)756280794

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