The Resource The accidental slaveowner : revisiting a myth of race and finding an American family, Mark Auslander, (electronic resource)

The accidental slaveowner : revisiting a myth of race and finding an American family, Mark Auslander, (electronic resource)

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The accidental slaveowner : revisiting a myth of race and finding an American family
Title
The accidental slaveowner
Title remainder
revisiting a myth of race and finding an American family
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Mark Auslander
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Language
eng
Summary
What does one contested account of an enslaved woman tell us about our difficult racial past? Part history, part anthropology, and part detective story, The Accidental Slaveowner traces, from the 1850s to the present day, how different groups of people have struggled with one powerful story about slavery. For over a century and a half, residents of Oxford, Georgia ("the birthplace of Emory University"), have told and retold stories of the enslaved woman known as "Kitty" and her owner, Methodist bishop James Osgood Andrew, first president of Emory's board of trustees. Bishop Andrew's ownership of Miss Kitty and other enslaved persons triggered the 1844 great national schism of the Methodist Episcopal Church, presaging the Civil War. For many local whites, Bishop Andrew was only "accidentally" a slaveholder, and when offered her freedom, Kitty willingly remained in slavery out of loyalty to her master. Local African Americans, in contrast, tend to insist that Miss Kitty was the Bishop's coerced lover and that she was denied her basic freedoms throughout her life. Mark Auslander approaches these opposing narratives as "myths," not as falsehoods but as deeply meaningful and resonant accounts that illuminate profound enigmas in American history and culture. After considering the multiple, powerful ways that the Andrew-Kitty myths have shaped perceptions of race in Oxford, at Emory, and among southern Methodists, Auslander sets out to uncover the "real" story of Kitty and her family. His years-long feat of collaborative detective work results in a series of discoveries and helps open up important arenas for reconciliation, restorative justice, and social healing
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Midwest
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Auslander, Mark
Dewey number
975.8/041
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Kitty
  • Andrew, James O.
  • Andrew, James O.
  • Kitty
  • Methodist Episcopal Church, South
  • Slavery
  • Women slaves
  • Slaveholders
  • Bishops
  • Electronic books
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adult
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The accidental slaveowner : revisiting a myth of race and finding an American family, Mark Auslander, (electronic resource)
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Isbn
9780820341927
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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12442992
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MWT12442992
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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The accidental slaveowner : revisiting a myth of race and finding an American family, Mark Auslander, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780820341927
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
12442992
Publisher number
MWT12442992
Specific material designation
remote
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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