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Tapestry: A Living History of the Black Family In Southeastern Connecticut
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Tapestry: A Living History of the Black Family In Southeastern Connecticut. James M. Rose and Barbara W. Brown. Paperback, 1979, Index, 163 pp.
The first half of Tapestry consists of a historical overview of African Americans in southeastern Connecticut from 1680 to 1865. The authors focus on the arrival of blacks in Connecticut, the African-American family, and the role played by African Americans in the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Much of the action takes place in the towns of Groton, East Haddam, New London, Chatham, and Hebron. In the second part of the volume, Dr. Rose and Mrs. Brown produce, as illustrations, genealogical sketches of the following African-American families: Beman, Boham, Bush, Freeman, Hallan, Hyde, Jacklin, Jackson, Lathrop, Magira, Mason, Moody, Peters, Quash, Rogers, and Wright. While readers will discover information in a number of these genealogies that is repeated in Brown and Rose's Black Roots in Southeastern Connecticut, 1650-1900, researchers should check the accounts in Tapestry for embellishments.