Reconstructing the Family Unit: Repairing Bonds Broken by Slavery

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In this blog post, Kenyatta D. Berry, J.D., discusses marriages of former slaves in Virginia and recounts her own family story.

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Roots of Resistance

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Genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry discusses slave resistance in the Colonies and Caribbean, and how education and resistance later went hand-in-hand.

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Education: The Foundation of Freedom

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Genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry discusses how education for newly freed African American families was a gateway to a better life.

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Moses of Her People: Harriet Tubman and Runaway Slaves

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Genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry discusses the history of Harriet Tubman and how Charlotte Jenkins channels her strength in Mercy Street.

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Contraband: The Ownership and Division of Human Beings

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Genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry looks at how the term "Contraband" came to be, and the hardship, and sometimes impossibility, of marriage during slavery.

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Singing in Slavery: Songs of Survival, Songs of Freedom

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Genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry examines how song was used by slaves to both communicate and express feeling in the moment, as well as and pass history down through generations.

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