My Swan Lake Life: An Interactive Histoir: 80,000 B.C. - May 31, 1965

March 13, 2019|
My Swan Lake Life: An Interactive Histoir: 80,000 B.C. - May 31, 1965 by Louise Blocker
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When Louise Blocker’s then eight-year-old grandson asked her two poignant questions—one about slavery and the other about her childhood—she initially gave him brief responses. But upon further reflection, she realized he deserved more thoughtful answers, which would involve embarking on a fact-finding mission, both into her own ancestry and into the history of slavery itself. My Swan Lake Life is the surprising, moving, and remarkable result.  

Featuring nearly seven years of dedicated research, the author explores the often hidden history of African Americans that you likely never read in school textbooks. From the origins of the term “race” to the American Revolution, from the era of slavery to the Civil War, and from decades of Jim Crow to the nine-year Civil Rights Movement, Blocker reveals seldom-told history about a multitude of unsung heroes and heroines—including inventors, educators, and activists—who fought in their communities, on battlefields, and in courtrooms for the liberties American citizens enjoy today.

But this book is not only a riveting history, it is also an engaging memoir—or what the author has coined a histoir. Tracing her ancestry to 80,000 B.C., and using censuses, DNA analyses, and passed-down stories to round out her family’s history, Blocker takes us on her own journey as a bright but sharp-tongued young child in the segregated South—one who dreamed of going to college and marrying Nat King Cole—introducing us along the way to the resilient, hardworking, and resourceful generations who made her captivating journey possible.

Louise Blocker spent her formative years on the farm where she was born in Swan Lake, Mississippi, then spent her teens in Memphis, Tennessee. Her education began in a church that served as a one-room schoolhouse. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her career as a langu...
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Title:My Swan Lake Life: An Interactive Histoir: 80,000 B.C. - May 31, 1965Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:280 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.63 inShipping dimensions:280 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.63 inPublished:March 13, 2019Publisher:Louise BlockerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1732834709

ISBN - 13:9781732834705

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