Mother of orphans : the true and curious story of Irish Alice, a colored man's widow (Book, 2020) [WorldCat.org]
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Mother of orphans : the true and curious story of Irish Alice, a colored man's widow

Author: Dedria Humphries Barker
Publisher: Florida : 2Leaf Press, [2020] ©2020.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First edition
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"Mother of Orphans is the compelling true story of Alice, an Irish-American woman who defied rigid social structures to form a family with a black man in Ohio in 1899. Alice and her husband had three children together, but after his death in 1912, Alice mysteriously surrendered her children to an orphanage. One hundred years later, her great-grand daughter, Dedria Humphries Barker, went in search of the reasons  Read more...
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Genre/Form: collective biographies
Biographies
Creative nonfiction
History
Essais fictionnels
Biography
Named Person: Alice D Johnson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dedria Humphries Barker
ISBN: 9781940939780 194093978X
OCLC Number: 1049819233
Description: iv, 279 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Dedria Humphries Barker.

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"Mother of Orphans is the compelling true story of Alice, an Irish-American woman who defied rigid social structures to form a family with a black man in Ohio in 1899. Alice and her husband had three children together, but after his death in 1912, Alice mysteriously surrendered her children to an orphanage. One hundred years later, her great-grand daughter, Dedria Humphries Barker, went in search of the reasons behind this mysterious abandonment, hoping in the process to resolve aspects of her own conflicts with American racial segregation and conflict. This book is the fruit of Barker's quest. In it, she turns to memoir, biography, historical research, and photographs to unearth the fascinating history of a multiracial community in the Ohio River Valley during the early twentieth century.... Part personal journey, part cultural biography, Mother of Orphans examines a little-known piece of this country's past: interracial families that survived and prevailed despite Jim Crow laws, including those prohibiting mixed-race marriage."--Amazon.com, viewed April 17, 2020.

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