Jack Daniels: Discovering the Forgotten History of African Americans in Schoharie County

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Jack Daniels: Discovering the Forgotten History of African Americans in Schoharie County.

Using a variety of primary and secondary sources, newspaper clippings, site visits, and personal interviews, Jack Daniels has uncovered an interestingly revealing portraiture of the roots of an African American presence in Schoharie County New York. Tucked away in the idyllic serenity of the Mohawk Valley, west of Albany, Schoharie County and its white inhabitants were not immune from man's inhumanity to man -- slavery. The same socioeconomic circumstances that fostered and sustained the institution at the confluent of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers, in Albany City, was also the adhesive for Schoharie's involvement.

Out of this unholy, greed-driven venture came the ancestors of many of the county's contemporary African American families. Many of these families carry the names of whites still resident in the county, thus indicating an historical link either through the institution of slavery and/or by blood. And searching out this historical link is where author Daniels has been most adept in his book: a link that stretches back to Africa, Canada and the South (in late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries). …