Other Madisons (eBook)
The Lost History Of A President'S Black Family
de Bettye Kearse
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A Rootsfor a new generation, rich in storytelling and steeped in history. Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review A compelling saga that gives a voice to those that history tried to erase...Poignant and eye-opening, this is a must-read.BooklistInThe Other Madisons, Bettye Kearsea descendant of an enslaved cook and, according to oral tradition, President James Madisonshares her family story and explores the issues of legacy, race, and the powerful consequences of telling the whole truth. For thousands of years, West African griots (men) and griottes (women) have recited the stories of their people. Without this traditionBettye Kearse would nothave known that she isa descendant of President James Madison and his slave, and half-sister, Coreen.In 1990, Bettye became the eighth-generation griotte for her family. Their credo';Always rememberyou're a Madison. You come from African slaves and a president'was intended to be a source of pride, but for her, it echoed with abuses of slavery, including rape and incest. Confronting those abuses, Bettye embarked on a journey of discoveryof herancestors, the nation, and herself. She learned that wherever African slaves walked, recorded history silenced their voices and buried their footsteps: beside a slave-holding fortress in Ghana;below a federal building in New York City; and under a brick walkway atJames Madison's Virginia plantation. When Bettyetried to confirm the information her ancestorshad passed down, sheencountered obstacles at every turn. Part personal quest, part testimony, part historical correction,The Other Madisonsis the saga of an extraordinary American family told by agriottein search of the wholestory.