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My Confederate Kinfolk: A Twenty-First Century Freedwoman Discovers Her Roots

Thulani Davis

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

Starting from a photograph and writings left by her grandmother, acclaimed African-American novelist Thulani Davis goes looking for the white folk" in her family, a Scots-Irish family of cotton planters unknown to her-and uncovers a history far richer and stranger than she had ever imagined. Her journey challenges us to examine the origins of some of our most deeply ingrained notions about what makes a family black or white, and offers an immensely compelling, intellectually challenging alternative.

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