Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
Author: Joy a Degruy
Publsiher: Joy Degruy Publications Incorporated
Total Pages: 241
Release: 2017-09-11
ISBN: 9780985217273
Category: African Americans
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Book Excerpt:

In the 16th century, the beginning of African enslavement in the Americas until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment and emancipation in 1865, Africans were hunted like animals, captured, sold, tortured, and raped. They experienced the worst kind of physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual abuse. Given such history, isn't it likely that many of the enslaved were severely traumatized? And did the trauma and the effects of such horrific abuse end with the abolition of slavery? Emancipation was followed by one hundred more years of institutionalized subjugation through the enactment of Black Codes and Jim Crow laws, peonage, convict leasing, domestic terrorism and lynching. Today the violations continue, and when combined with the crimes of the past, they result in yet unmeasured injury. What do repeated traumas, endured generation after generation by a people produce? What impact have these ordeals had on African Americans today? Dr. Joy DeGruy, answers these questions and more. With over thirty years of practical experience as a professional in the mental health field, Dr. DeGruy encourages African Americans to view their attitudes, assumptions, and behaviors through the lens of history and so gain a greater understanding of how centuries of slavery and oppression have impacted people of African descent in America. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome helps to lay the necessary foundation to ensure the well-being and sustained health of future generations and provides a rare glimpse into the evolution of society's beliefs, feelings, attitudes and behavior concerning race in America.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Revised Edition

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome  Revised Edition
Author: Joy a Degruy
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017-11-17
ISBN: 9780985217266
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Revised Edition Book Excerpt:

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome helps to lay the necessary foundation to ensure the well-being and sustained health of future generations and provides a rare glimpse into the evolution of society's beliefs, feelings, attitudes and behavior concerning race in America. Revised and Updated Edition.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
Author: Joy DeGruy,Joy DeGruy Leary
Publsiher: Joy Degruy Publications Incorporated
Total Pages: 229
Release: 2005-01-01
ISBN: 9780985217204
Category: African Americans
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Book Excerpt:

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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
Author: Joy a Degruy
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2009
ISBN: 9781615391080
Category: African Americans
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Book Excerpt:

Guide to accompany Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Revised Edition

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
Author: Joy DeGruy
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2017-05-23
ISBN: 0062692674
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Book Excerpt:

From acclaimed author and researcher Dr. Joy DeGruy comes this fascinating book that explores the psychological and emotional impact on African Americans after enduring the horrific Middle Passage, over 300 years of slavery, followed by continued discrimination. From the beginning of American chattel slavery in the 1500’s, until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865, Africans were hunted like animals, captured, sold, tortured, and raped. They experienced the worst kind of physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual abuse. Given such history, Dr. Joy DeGruy asked the question, “Isn’t it likely those enslaved were severely traumatized? Furthermore, did the trauma and the effects of such horrific abuse end with the abolition of slavery?” Emancipation was followed by another hundred years of institutionalized subjugation through the enactment of Black Codes and Jim Crow laws, peonage and convict leasing, and domestic terrorism and lynching. Today the violations continue, and when combined with the crimes of the past, they result in further unmeasured injury. What do repeated traumas visited upon generation after generation of a people produce? What are the impacts of the ordeals associated with chattel slavery, and with the institutions that followed, on African Americans today? Dr. DeGruy answers these questions and more as she encourages African Americans to view their attitudes, assumptions, and emotions through the lens of history. By doing so, she argues they will gain a greater understanding of the impact centuries of slavery and oppression has had on African Americans. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome is an important read for all Americans, as the institution of slavery has had an impact on every race and culture. “A masterwork. [DeGruy’s] deep understanding, critical analysis, and determination to illuminate core truths are essential to addressing the long-lived devastation of slavery. Her book is the balm we need to heal ourselves and our relationships. It is a gift of wholeness.”—Susan Taylor, former Editorial Director of Essence magazine

Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder

Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder
Author: Omar G. Reid
Publsiher: Ub & Us Communications
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2005
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: African Americans
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder Book Excerpt:

From Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome to Self Determination and Greatness

From Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome to Self Determination and Greatness
Author: Rufus JJimerson
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 120
Release: 2018-01-23
ISBN: 9781984132642
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome to Self Determination and Greatness Book Excerpt:

The purpose of this book is to explain how the intergenerational trauma derived from slavery segregation, and insidious racial animus has impacted on today's African Americans. The psychological abnormalities or deviances are examined from their root causes. Masking of the resulting conditions are perused for their socioeconomic implications. Independent reasoning and the appropriate setting for its development are suggested. In addition, awareness of the greatness of our ancient legacy is presented to break the psychological chains causing Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS). The book describes how PTSS leads to abnormal bouts with rage and abusive behavior, mostly against other blacks. Awareness of the trauma often leads to denial through greater reliance on defensive behavior that departs from reality. PTSS is triggered both internally and through DNA memory and externally by the racially hostile society that we live in. Research on this subject by Dr. Joy De Gray is reviewed and analyzed. An unexamined PTSS in denial is traced to mental slavery that causes dependency and identification with victimizers. This mental slavery is based on fear and inferiority complex that produces distorted views of self. Liberation and enslavement become indistinguishable. Individuals become psychologically self-destructive, a burden to themselves, loved ones, and society. Options to find "the better angels" of our true history to break PTSS's cycle and resulting impact are presented.

Got My Own Song to Sing

Got My Own Song to Sing
Author: Jay Thomas Willis
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 162
Release: 2020-06-01
ISBN: 153209888X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Got My Own Song to Sing Book Excerpt:

I describe in this book how the Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome has historically and currently affected my own family, and subsequently many other Black families. The book suggests that pre-slavery, Middle Passage, post-slavery, and modern-day conditions contributed to the Black family’s pathologies. It goes on to demonstrate the manifestation of some of these specific problems in my family that has been caused by these historical conditions. It shows how the past continues to write on the slate of today. It also implies that the Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome will continue to affect the Black family in the distant future.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
Author: Janetra Johnson
Publsiher: Janetra Johnson
Total Pages: 20
Release: 2017-09-25
ISBN: 1735246727
Category: Law
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Book Excerpt:

Transform Negative Thoughts and Behaviors into Positive Ones with the Help of this Empowering Guide! “Should I sacrifice my life to live ‘Half American’?” “Will things be better for the next generation in the peace to follow?” “Is the kind of America I know worth defending?” Those were just some of the heart-wrenching questions put forward in a letter by a 26-year-old dark-skinned African-American army veteran named James G. Thompson in the 1940s. His letter was addressed to the editors of the Pittsburgh Courier, which the latter then published. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome is a mental and social theory coined by Dr. Joy DeGruy. It takes into account a series of events and situations, including Jim Crow laws, mass incarceration, and natural disasters, over time that are meted out more harshly against the African-American community, beginning with slavery in America. Inside this book, the author Janetra Johnson discusses how she found out about Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, how she was able to manage her negative thoughts, as well as what other veterans should look forward to when visiting a military therapist to discuss their racial and financial thoughts of slavery and Jim Crow. Johnson seeks to help other veterans left with psychological wounds after a racial incident during military service by providing practical tools to help them develop skills that transform negative attitudes and behaviors into positive ones — with the end goal of empowering the veteran to not just survive, but also thrive as they live life and achieve true healing. Over the course of this inspiring book, you will: - Immerse yourself in a military veteran’s first-hand account of her fight for justice and the mental health struggles she faced during those challenges - Identify triggers and symptoms, so you can avoid a personal crisis and stay on track towards self-improvement - Learn 3 practical and useful tips to reduce those unwanted and intrusive thoughts of slavery and Jim Crow - And so much more! What makes this book unique is that it addresses the personal and private dilemmas dark-skinned African-American military soldiers and veterans have struggled with for generations. In Johnson’s own words, “Keep moving forward.”

Time binding in African American Verbal Art as a Salve for Post traumatic Slave Syndrome

Time binding in African American Verbal Art as a Salve for Post traumatic Slave Syndrome
Author: Jessie Adolph
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 81
Release: 2009
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: African Americans
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Time binding in African American Verbal Art as a Salve for Post traumatic Slave Syndrome Book Excerpt:

In the same vein of their spiritual forbearers, the African griots, African American wordsmiths utilize their time-binding capabilities in oral performances to reenact and reinterpret the past as a medium to resolve the conditions of post-traumatic slave syndrome affecting marginalized urban black communities. In this thesis, I argue African American griots constantly re-evoke and address the traumatic experiences of slavery and post slavery; and fusing the two separate entities of the past and present as a cathartic/coping mechanism to achieve four basic goals: 1) foster self-esteem, 2) to reflect/instill black consciousness/pride 3) to exhort political activism against colonial/neo-colonial forces and 4) to establish a new or to reconnect African Americans to a African-based spiritual/communal worldview. By establishing continuity between the ancestral past and the present, I make the claim that verbal artisans strive to heal the psychological wounds stemming from slavery and post slavery conditions.

Mental Slavery That Undermines Self reliance Unity and Development Among African americans

Mental Slavery That Undermines Self reliance  Unity and Development Among African americans
Author: Rufus O. Jimerson
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2016-10-03
ISBN: 9781539316923
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mental Slavery That Undermines Self reliance Unity and Development Among African americans Book Excerpt:

The purpose of this book and volume is to examine the intergenerational conditions that impairs the emotional and mental health of African-Americans. This condition is identified as a Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS), like Dr. De Gruy Leary, among other prominent researchers. It is a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused by the genetic imprint of slavery and racial animus upon Black Americans from previous generations. This book looks into the inception and development of the ensuing multigenerational trauma. It determines its effects on longevity and quality of life issues. This volume looks at the impact of racial devaluation upon the Stockholm Syndrome on blacks that heightens PTSS. The emphasis is on how to reduce the impact of PTSS. Awareness of the problem is stressed as at least halfway to a cure or much healthier outlook. This is done by pursing the truth regarding the true value of African-Americans to the nation, providing insight into why the bloodiest war of the nation was fought to preserve wealth generated from black slave labor and why such patterns persist in other forms today through psychological bondage and systemic injustice. The book examines how white resentment against black gains in civil rights, employment and socioeconomic status formulated an insidious New Jim Crow Era which is subtle, denied but more effective than its preceding form. The "Southern Strategy" used by Reagan and his followers is scrutinized and viewed as the root of Donald J. Trump's white nationalist movement. The preceding Jim Crow Era is recalled as a period which Trump considered "America's Greatest" but an epoch of horrendous racial terror when lynching was prevalent in many areas of the South and Midwest. The subsequent New Jim Crow Era is highlighted as an epoch where extralegal killings of unarmed blacks by police officers and vigilante killings significantly exceed lynching in the former epoch. Under Trump's ethno-national leadership, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), the American Nazi Party and other white nationalist groups and individuals are once again marching on Washington DC to triumph in the reign of their uncontested racial supremacy and animus. The media is examined as accomplishes in this present-day racial triumph by reinforcing negative racial stereotypes that devalue the humanity of blacks and other people of color.

Greatness Is in Our DNA

Greatness Is in Our DNA
Author: Rufus O. Jimerson
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2016-12-09
ISBN: 9781540861252
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Greatness Is in Our DNA Book Excerpt:

The purpose of volume 2 of 3 is to present how our African ancestors ruled and excelled from the beginning of the multiracial Roman Empire of antiquity through its Christian rule over Europe for nearly 2,000 years. They provided the Europeans with the first civilization and Christianity in excess of two millenniums. This rule and hegemony was overturned by Germanic nationalism, the Protestant Reformation, Thirty and Hundred Year Wars, populism and constitutional limits on Black Moors inbreed royals and nobles who held absolute powers in the early 19th century. All of Christendom from Western Europe through Russia was ruled by our ancestors who worshipped a Black Madonna and Christ out of Rome and Constantinople. With white wigs and facial powder, as well as whitened images, these rulers fought to maintain their rule against the rising intergenerational white resentment. That resentment fueled the harness of African slavery, colonialism and racism that traumatized Africans and Africans in Diaspora (African-Americans) seized as property for the benefit of white wealth. Prior to this traumatic racial transformation, millions of white Europeans were kidnapped as slaves of Black Barbary pirates and others served Black Moors as their "serfs" or "vassals" in Europe for more than two millenniums.

Greatness Is in Our DNA

Greatness Is in Our DNA
Author: Rufus O. Jimerson
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2016-11-07
ISBN: 9781539963189
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Greatness Is in Our DNA Book Excerpt:

The purpose of volume 1 of 3 is aimed at demonstrating the connection of the DNA memory of our African ancestors from greatness of the past through the imprinted trauma of the last 400 years. The voices, sights and experiences of our ancestors are stored in our unconscious. They arise to impact our constructive and unconstructive behavior. The DNA memory being documented begins with man's first civilization in Africa and its empires across Asia, Pacific and the Americas. Included is its colonies and rule of the Roman Empire from antiquity to 1848. Western Aryan history is devoted to erasing the African rule, particularly after African slavery became so lucrative. African slavery became the turning point for Aryans from dire poverty to global prosperity. Volume 1 hones in on Western civilization arising from Black Africans of Kemet (Ancient Egypt) and Phoenicians who emerged from modern day Somali-Eretria. The two African powers spread their civilization throughout Mediterrean colonies into Europe and Russia. One of these colonies located on the coast of Africa became a Mediterrean Empire that would clash with Rome for hegemony and wealth. Kemet would colonize Greece and establish the city-state of Athens. It would go on to spread African hegemony through the Far East and west into the Americas. The Phoenicians, the blood brothers of the rulers of the Black Land (Kemet) along the Nile Valley possessed Canaan and early Israel. As Hebrews, they spread Kemet teachings and religion through the West. Among these Hebrews, the Essenes, the followers of the historical Kemet Jesus Christ (Tutankhamen) and believers in his spiritual rebirth some 300 years before the Christian Messiah recognized by the Roman Church was actually born. The Dead Sea Scrolls, other authentic manuscripts, ancient megaliths and artifacts are cited as sources of the latter's rebirth and connection to the Kemet-Hebrew, Black African, dynasty and a more than 10,000 year ancient world where blacks were worshiped as gods, goddesses and chosen people.

Bearing Witness

Bearing Witness
Author: Karen O'Donnell,Katie Cross
Publsiher: SCM Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2022-08-31
ISBN: 0334061172
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bearing Witness Book Excerpt:

Much like theology itself, the experience of trauma has the potential to reach into almost any aspect of life, refusing to fit within the tramlines. A follow up to the 2020 volume "Feminist Trauma Theologies", "Bearing Witness" explores further into global, intersectional, and as yet relatively unexplored perspectives. With a particular focus on poverty, gender and sexualities, race and ethnicity, and health in dialogue with trauma theology the book seeks to demonstrate both the far reaching and intersectional nature of trauma, encouraging creative and ground-breaking theological reflections on trauma and constructions of theology in the light of the trauma experience. A unique set of insights into the real-life experience of trauma, the book includes chapters authored by a diverse group of academic theologians, practitioners and activists. The result is a theology which extend far into the public square

Jesus Is A Black Man

Jesus Is A Black Man
Author: Jason Farr
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 91
Release: 2011-03-22
ISBN: 1456881361
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus Is A Black Man Book Excerpt:

Beware; readers beware because this is a book that you may not be ready to read. Is Jesus really a Black man? If Jesus is black then does the bible support it? Why don’t preachers both black and white discuss racism as it pertains to how Jesus is still being falsely portrayed as white? Why is the color of Jesus very important? The answers to these and many more questions can be found in this book. This book is not designed to be user friendly and it confronts directly the racism both found still in the walls of churches and the ever present racism that never died in America. Most importantly if Jesus is honestly a black man then that means that the real children of Abraham are also black.

Trauma Counseling Second Edition

Trauma Counseling  Second Edition
Author: Lisa López Levers, PhD, LPCC-S, LPC, CRC, NCC
Publsiher: Springer Publishing Company
Total Pages: 600
Release: 2022-02-24
ISBN: 0826150853
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Trauma Counseling Second Edition Book Excerpt:

The only comprehensive text to focus on trauma, stress, crisis, and disaster counseling from a clinical practice perspective This overarching text, intended both for mental health practitioners-in-training and for practicing clinicians, focuses on the impact of stress, crisis, trauma, and disaster on diverse populations across the lifespan as well as on effective treatment strategies. The second edition is newly grounded in a "trauma scaffold," providing foundational information that therapists can build upon, step-by-step, to treat individuals affected by more complex trauma events. This resource newly addresses the mental health implications of COVID-19, which has had an enormous impact on multitudes of people since the beginning of the pandemic, its repercussions likely to continue for some time into the future. The text also is updated to provide the most recent diagnostic information regarding trauma in the DSM-5. Two new chapters address the confluence of crises related to anthropogenic climate change and the effects of mass violence. This unrivalled resource emphasizes stress management and crisis intervention skills as important building blocks for working with more complex issues of trauma and disaster. It underscores the idea that trauma must be approached from multiple perspectives and in multiple dimensions encompassing individual, community, societal, and systemic implications along with multicultural and diversity frames of reference. The text integrates the latest findings from neuropsychology and psychopharmacology with an emphasis on Polyvagal Theory. Additionally, the text highlights the importance of clinical supervision in trauma care and examines ethical dimensions and the need for self-care among trauma counselors. Purchase includes digital access for use on most mobile devices or computers. New to the Second Edition: Reconceptualizes the text with the concept of a "Trauma Scaffold" as a foundation upon which to understand and develop treatment for increasingly complex trauma events Addresses the COVID-19 pandemic and its profound effect on the mental health of vast numbers of people Includes two new chapters on the confluence of crises related to anthropogenic climate change and the effects of mass violence Includes PowerPoint slides to accompany an updated Instructor's Manual Key Features: Delivers both introductory and advanced clinical information addressing complex trauma Addresses trauma from a bioecological framework with emphasis on trauma-informed practices, multicultural pluralism, diversity, and social justice Considers neurobiological responses to trauma with new research and the contributions of Polyvagal Theory Examines individual, familial, community, society, and systemic understandings of stress, crisis, trauma, and disaster Includes a wealth of resources for further study, text boxes, and case studies to reinforce learning

How to Control Humans

How to Control Humans
Author: Daniel Gray
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 286
Release: 2022-04-26
ISBN: 9780578298160
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Control Humans Book Excerpt:

For thousands of years, God-Kings ruled the Earth, and then the proverbial lightning struck and began to remove them from power. They lost to subterfuge, constant skirmishes, and trickery. The group of humans, who supplanted the God-Kings, advanced in a particular set of scientific advancements; How to Control Humans! In this book, you'll learn when and where this secretive group rose to prominence. Their subsequent rule lasted thousands of years, and directly involves mind control and world control. This isn't slavery by another name, it is where it all began, and continues to this day. Ancient slavery and modern ideology have intertwined to cast a spell of confusion over the masses. Ancient history books can give clues that identify the world's hidden masters. How do they do it? Abuse and trauma. It distracts the human mind. Post-traumatic slave syndrome is real, and is affecting us all right now! The system is fueled and maintained by generational trauma. This slavery is sinister, it involves a deluge of lies and propaganda. Are you a trauma slave? How about you find out? Global warming, terrorism, insurrection, wars, discrimination, sexism, and on and on, are on purpose. It is all designed to distract and control the human psyche. This book exposes it all.

The Psychological Legacy of Slavery

The Psychological Legacy of Slavery
Author: Benjamin P. Bowser,Aimé Charles-Nicolas
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2021-03-26
ISBN: 1476678936
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Psychological Legacy of Slavery Book Excerpt:

This collection of essays surveys the practices, behaviors, and beliefs that developed during slavery in the Western Hemisphere, and the lingering psychological consequences that continue to impact the descendants of enslaved Africans today. The psychological legacies of slavery highlighted in this volume were found independently in Brazil, the U.S., Belize, Jamaica, Colombia, Haiti, and Martinique. They are color prejudice, self and community disdain, denial of trauma, black-on-black violence, survival crime, child beating, underlying African spirituality, and use of music and dance as community psychotherapy. The effects on descendants of slave owners include a belief in white supremacy, dehumanization of self and others, gun violence, and more. Essays also offer solutions for dealing with this vast psychological legacy. Knowledge of the continuing effects of slavery has been used in psychotherapy, family, and group counseling of African slave descendants. Progress in resolving these legacies has been made as well using psychohistory, forensic psychiatry, family social histories, and community mental health. This knowledge is crucial to eventual reconciliation and resolution of the continuing legacies of slavery and the slave trade.

The Willie Lynch Letter Let s Make a Man

The Willie Lynch Letter   Let s Make a Man
Author: Willie Lynch,Ron Elliott, Jr
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 34
Release: 2020-11-08
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Willie Lynch Letter Let s Make a Man Book Excerpt:

The Willie Lynch Letter and The Making of a Man (Die Willie Die!- Let's Make a Man) is a book about the reverse engineering of The Willie Lynch Letter and The Making of a Slave. The Willie Lynch Letter teaches the psychology of mental enslavement. The Making of a Man works to identify the destructive principles used by slave owners and break the mental shackles that have bound African Americans for hundreds of years.This book is a companion for the film, Die Willie Die! which seeks the knowledge of experts to help heal Black people of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. The author journeys to kill the ghost of Willie Lynch that haunts the descendants of slaves from the Transatlantic Slave Trade.If you want to be challenged to be great and improve your life and the lives of future generations, Willie Lynch and The Making of a Man is a powerful literary work created to lead you on the right path. The book addresses the Black Man, Woman, the Black Family, and Language. Empower yourself and your community today! Read this book!

Ancestor Trouble

Ancestor Trouble
Author: Maud Newton
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 417
Release: 2022-03-29
ISBN: 081299793X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ancestor Trouble Book Excerpt:

“Extraordinary and wide-ranging . . . a literary feat that simultaneously builds and excavates identity.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice) Roxane Gay’s Audacious Book Club Pick • An acclaimed writer goes searching for the truth about her wildly unconventional Southern family—and finds that our obsession with ancestors opens up new ways of seeing ourselves—in this “brilliant mix of personal memoir and cultural observation” (The Boston Globe). Maud Newton’s ancestors have vexed and fascinated her since she was a girl. Her mother’s father, who came of age in Texas during the Great Depression, was said to have married thirteen times and been shot by one of his wives. Her mother’s grandfather killed a man with a hay hook and died in an institution. Mental illness and religious fanaticism percolated through Maud’s maternal lines back to an ancestor accused of being a witch in Puritan-era Massachusetts. Maud’s father, an aerospace engineer turned lawyer, was an educated man who extolled the virtues of slavery and obsessed over the “purity” of his family bloodline, which he traced back to the Revolutionary War. He tried in vain to control Maud’s mother, a whirlwind of charisma and passion given to feverish projects: thirty rescue cats, and a church in the family’s living room where she performed exorcisms. Her parents’ divorce, when it came, was a relief. Still, her position at the intersection of her family bloodlines inspired in Newton inspired an anxiety that she could not shake, a fear that she would replicate their damage. She saw similar anxieties in the lives of friends, in the works of writers and artists she admired. As obsessive in her own way as her parents, Newton researched her genealogy—her grandfather’s marriages, the accused witch, her ancestors’ roles in slavery and genocide—and sought family secrets through her DNA. But immersed in census archives and cousin matches, she yearned for deeper truths. Her journey took her into the realms of genetics, epigenetics, and the debates over intergenerational trauma. She mulled over modernity’s dismissal of ancestors along with psychoanalytic and spiritual traditions that center them. Searching, moving, and inspiring, Ancestor Trouble is one writer’s attempt to use genealogy—a once-niche hobby that has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry—to expose the secrets and contradictions of her own ancestors, and to argue for the transformational possibilities that reckoning with our ancestors offers all of us.