Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Michelle Obama's Ancestry

When I first started teaching I had the kids read a then controversial article on Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings.  Now, of course, we are 99% sure of the liaison and the controversy has died down.  But the video above (and this article) is also very compelling as it tells of the story of story of two families - Michelle Obama's and the Tribles and the relationship the Obama's great great great grandmother and the slave owner's family that owned them and the slave-owner relationship that produced the Obama forebear.  It is interested how the white family had buried that part of their past.  It would be a good way to introduce 

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