Erica Sonzogi


American History, Slavery, Ancestry, Family, Primary, Outstanding

Document Type

Book Review


Chronicling her life, a grandmother teaches her grandchildren about their past. She begins with their life in a village prior to being kidnapped and forced onto a ship to Virginia, where they worked as slaves for 250 years. During this horrific time, two people decided to create a family and have a child, named William Tucker, who was the first Black child born in the United States. Continuing to explain their family’s history, Grandmother speaks of the Civil War and how many of their ancestors rose from slavery to become inventors, athletes, singers, and artists. Concluding their history, she reiterates to her grandchildren that their ancestors hoped their descendants would be proud of their history and all that their ancestors went through.