As a black American who is able to trace back nine generations in New England I find it a little regrettable that Prof. Gates and many well intentioned people like him continue to relate the narrative of slavery and subjugation to relate the experience of African Americans. There is a greater story to be told. Three of my great, great grandparents migrated to Massachusetts in the mid 19th century from the Canadian Maritime’s. They were descendants of free blacks who were evacuated with the British army at the end of the Revolution. Another great, great grandmother was born in Maine and moved to Massachusetts in the mid 1800’s. A 5th great grandfather was free born landowner who fought along side white patriots at Bunker Hill.
There is a wider and greater story to be told of the American black experience.