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Tonight as I sit at home with my husband and wait to hearBarack Obama’s acceptance speech for the nomination of President from Democratic Party I can’t help but think about my own family.   I am 32 years old and I only have to count back five names, just five short-lived generations to get back to my ancestor that lived in slavery.  I consider myself fortunate because I know some of my families history.  Many blacks in the United States do not have the pleasure of knowing the names of their ancestors.  I encourage everyone who reads this to have conversations with your family memebers, especially the elders and find out the names of those who came before you.  Don’t let your family’s history be forgotten.  I take pride in who I am and I am grateful to Allah for my history and for guiding me to Islam.  This is a day that will be remembered for years to come as a milestone in this country.  Black people in the United States have worked and strove hard many a year to overcome the racial problems that exist here.   Racism is not something that is unique to the United States, it happens in every other country in the world in some form or fashion, but as for my own country, I am happy to see things change in my lifetime.

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This is a newly published collection that I am looking forward to reading.  I want to bring it to people’s attention because there are so few autobiographies from slaves or former slaves it is important to preserve the history that we have, share it with our children and remember where we come from.

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Slave narratives, some of the most powerful records of our past, are extremely rare, with only fifty-five post–Civil War narratives surviving. A mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who wrote them, join that exclusive group with the publication of A Slave No More, a major new addition to the canon of American history. Handed down through family and friends, these narratives tell gripping stories of escape: Through a combination of intelligence, daring, and sheer luck, the men reached the protection of the occupying Union troops. David W. Blight magnifies the drama and significance by prefacing the narratives with each man’s life history. Using a wealth of genealogical information, Blight has reconstructed their childhoods as sons of white slaveholders, their service as cooks and camp hands during the Civil War, and their climb to black working-class stability in the north, where they reunited their families.In the stories of Turnage and Washington, we find history at its most intimate, portals that offer a rich new answer to the question of how four million people moved from slavery to freedom. In A Slave No More, the untold stories of two ordinary men take their place at the heart of the American experience.

Yunus 10:18

And they worship besides Allâh things that hurt them not, nor profit them, and they say: "These are our intercessors with Allâh." Say: "Do you inform Allâh of that which He knows not in the heavens and on the earth?" Glorified and Exalted be He above all that which they associate as partners with Him!

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