My Father's Name
A Black Virginia Family after the Civil War
My Father’s Name is a family story full of twists and turns—and one of haunting familiarity to many Americans, who may question whether the promises of emancipation have ever truly been fulfilled. It is also a resolute look at the duties that come with reclaiming and honoring Americans who survived slavery and a thoughtful meditation on its painful and enduring history.
"Lawrence P. Jackson's matter-of-fact prose is accessible and is strangely and beautifully evocative of the Civil War era. We not only learn about the deprivations, inhumanity, and constant humiliations perpetrated on black people in the nineteenth century, but we gain a deeper understanding of what constitutes American culture and society today. It is amazing that Jackson's family survived to produce such a splendid writer able to share their story with us."
“Through the Jackson family saga, Jackson recounts the broader African American story of struggle through slavery and Reconstruction. Jackson writes with the detailed precision of a scholar but the emotional attachment of a kinsman.”—Booklist