Up Close: Tangled Roots

You hope for a surprise or two when you map your genealogy: an exiled count, perhaps, or a plank-walking pirate. But when journalist David Wilson, 32, began to trace his roots six years ago, what he found was even more intriguing. As his project moved backward from Newark, New Jersey, to North Carolina and Virginia and finally to Ghana, where his ancestors were put on a slave ship bound for America, he discovered not only his family’s slave master but also their modern-day descendants. Read More

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