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Power in the Blood: A Family Narrative
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Linda Tate Lynda Ann Ewen
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Power in the Blood: A Family Narrative

Linda Tate Lynda Ann Ewen Marie Tedesco


Ohio University Press

Family history, tracing ancestors


256 pages

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Power in the Blood: A Family Narrative traces Linda Tate's journey to rediscover the Cherokee-Appalachian branch of her family and provides an unflinching examination of the poverty, discrimination, and family violence that marked their lives. In her search for the truth of her own past, Tate scoured archives, libraries, and courthouses throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Illinois, and Missouri, visited numerous cemeteries, and combed through census records, marriage records, court cases, local histories, old maps, and photographs. As she began to locate distant relatives - fifth, sixth, seventh cousins, all descended from her great-greatgrandmother Louisiana - they gathered in kitchens and living rooms, held family reunions, and swapped stories. A past that had long been buried slowly came to light as family members shared the pieces of the family's tale that had been passed along to them.

Power in the Blood is a dramatic family history that reads like a novel, as Tate's compelling narrative reveals one mystery after another. Innovative and groundbreaking in its approach to research and storytelling, Power in the Blood shows that exploring a family story can enhance understanding of history, life, and culture and that honest examination of the past can lead to healing and liberation in the present.

By:   Linda Tate
Series edited by:   Lynda Ann Ewen, Marie Tedesco
Imprint:   Ohio University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9780821418727
ISBN 10:   0821418726
Series:   Series in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Appalachia
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   March 2009
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Linda Tate is a faculty member in the University of Denver's Writing Program. She is the author of A Southern Weave of Women: Fiction of the Contemporary South and the editor of Conversations with Lee Smith. She taught at Shepherd University in West Virginia for fifteen years and now lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Brutal honesty Paragon of persistence Blazing versatility Role model for all family historians These are a few of the cryptic notes I jotted as I read Power in the Blood: A Family Narrative, by Linda Tate. I was struck by the impact of the basic story, and my appreciation deepened as I considered the craft and research involved in writing this gripping six generation tale. Story Circle Book Reviews

  • Short-listed for Colorado Book Awards 2010
  • Winner of Colorado Author's League Award for Creative Nonfiction.
  • Winner of FEAST Ezine Best of 2009, Nonfiction 2009
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