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Akee Tree

A Descendant's Search for His Ancestors on the Eskridge Plantations
Hanks, Stephen (Book - 2005)
Akee Tree
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Author Stephen Hanks' painstaking 10-year research takes him back in time, not only through his own lineage, but also through the family of slaveholder Richard Eskridge, whose slaves create a paper trail on four plantations, ending up at the early 18th century plantation of Colonel George Eskridge, a Virginia attorney whom George Washington was named after. Akee Tree delivers to readers a fresh, raw, and revealing account of how four slave women--Akey, Jenny, Rose, Eliza--kept the author's family alive under 140 years under slavery until it was finally abolished and the Hanks family left Mississippi for Kansas after changing their last name. Akee Tree is not only an objective, dramatic, and interpretive family biography, but also a compelling investigative search for identity, as Stephen Hanks discovers his African ancestor's tribe. However, Akee Tree is also something more: a powerful cry for those who share the same surnames today yet who once shared the same plantations yesterday to reach out to each other.
Authors: Hanks, Stephen
Title: Akee tree
a descendant's search for his ancestors on the Eskridge plantations
Publisher: Portland, OR : PepperBird Books, c2005
Characteristics: 448 p. :,ill., geneal. tables ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Stephen Hanks
ISBN: 9780976586609
Branch Call Number: 929.2089 H241a 2005
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: African Americans Genealogy African Americans Biography Hanks family Eskridge family
Topical Term: African Americans
African Americans
Hanks family
Eskridge family
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Join the discussion on Nov. 25, 2014. What would compel an African American man to spend 10 years of his life tracing his family tree from the Pacific Northwest back to slavery times in Mississippi, and ultimately to its African roots? For author Hanks his quest begins with mere curiosity when he... Read More »

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