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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: Genealogy
Geschiedenis (vorm)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: François Weil
ISBN: 9780674045835 0674045831
OCLC Number: 812067631
Awards: Nominated for Merle Curti Award 2014
Nominated for Lawrence W. Levine Award 2014
Nominated for Bancroft Prize 2014
Nominated for New-York Historical Society American History Book Prize 2013
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.


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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[Weil] displays both thoroughness and grounding as he stakes out the contours of his American genealogical culture into four distinct periods, with successive dominant meanings and touchstones...Weil Read more...

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