By Chris Tomlinson
Published in 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books.
Reviewed by Elizabeth A. Schultz
Several years ago, one of my husband’s colleagues told us that his Southern ancestors had owned slaves. A recent transplant from the North, I’d never heard anyone say that before, and wondered what it would be like to know that particular fact about one’s family. In Tomlinson Hill, Chris Tomlinson grapples with the question, examining American racial history through the prism of two families – one black, one white – families with a common name and past.
Chris Tomlinson is a white Texas native who spent eleven years covering events in Africa and the Middle East for The Associated Press. His father’s family hails from Marlin in Falls County where, before emancipation, their slaves worked their cotton plantations in an area known as Tomlinson Hill…
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