Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

There Is Something about Edgefield: Shining a Light on the Black Community through History, Genealogy, and Genetic DNA

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

There Is Something about Edgefield: Shining a Light on the Black Community through History, Genealogy, and Genetic DNA

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There Is Something about Edgefield: Shining a Light on the Black Community through History, Genealogy, and Genetic DNA. By Edna Gail Bush and Natonne Elaine Kemp. (Takoma Park, Md.: Rocky Pond Press, 2017. Pp. 330. Paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-9992406-0-1; cloth, $20.00, ISBN 978-0-99924062-5.) If biography is the handmaiden of history, then DNA testing may very well be the new hand tool of genealogy. All elements--biography, genealogy, and DNA--are present in this narrative of the authors' successes and failures in tracing their descent from enslaved African Americans and white enslavers in Edgefield County, South Carolina. The story has all the trappings of an engrossing saga, and if the results are less than that, it may be due not to the authors, who write quite lucidly, but to the paucity of records or to the nature of the lives researched.

Excessive amounts of blood and ink have been spilled on the racial violence that has characterized Edgefield County and the South. …

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