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Family trees : a history of genealogy in America

Author: François Weil
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2013.
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The quest for roots has been an enduring American preoccupation. Over the centuries, generations have sketched coats of arms, embroidered family trees, establish local genealogical societies, and carefully filled in the blanks in their Bibles, all in pursuit of self-knowledge and status through kinship ties. This long and varied history of Americans' search for identity illuminates the story of America itself,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Geschiedenis (vorm)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: François Weil
ISBN: 9780674045835 0674045831
OCLC Number: 812067631
Description: 304 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Lineage and family in colonial America --
The rise of American genealogy --
Antebellum blood and vanity --
"Upon the love of country and pride of race" --
Pedigrees and the market --
Everybody's search for roots.
Responsibility: François Weil.

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Americans' long and restless search for identity through family trees illuminates the story of America itself, according to Francois Weil, as preoccupation with social standing, racial purity, and  Read more...

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[An] excellent, long-overdue survey.--Maud Newton"Harper s" (06/01/2014)"

 
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