Live, Labor, Love: The History of a Northern Family


Live, Labor, Love: The History of a Northern Family - Alene J Smith and Adeline J Tucker. The history of the Jackson family, like many other African American families and individuals, is an example of those whose lives are threads interwoven into the history of this country. Much more than a family history, this history is written so that historical substance is given to the role African Americans played in the development of the life of our country. This fascinating story takes readers to the African American roots that are buried deep in many small northern towns of Connecticut and New York. During the 1700s, African American slaves, and often freemen, in colonial New England and New York were subjected to strict laws called the "Black Codes." Yet African Americans joined the Colonists in their fight for freedom during the American Revolution because they thought they would also be freed. African Americans fought in the War of 1812, the Civil War, and in all the other wars in which our country called its citizens to take up arms. This well-written family history begins with an examination of Robin Starr who was brought to Danbury, Connecticut from Guinea, West Africa in the late 1600s. Discussions continue with the Starrs of Sharon, Connecticut; the Jacksons of Salisbury, Connecticut; the Fowlers of Dutchess County, New York; and the Rowes of Litchfield, Connecticut. The remarkable life story of George Clinton Rowe-pastor, poet, editor, naturalist, educator, and fighter for the rights of his people-and his sojourn south to Hampton, Virginia; McIntosh, Georgia; and Charleston, South Carolina is the focus of a good portion of the narrative. The final chapter is devoted to the poetry of George Clinton Rowe, a naturalist whose love of nature is evident in his poems. Numerous vintage photographs enliven the text. (2005), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, 96 pp.

ISBN: 9780788431760