"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids--and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."

 - Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man"

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Possible New Miniseries on the book...

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Below is the Last Will and Testament of Hannah Bushrod, wife of John Augustine Washington, brother of George Washington (from private papers of LABH).  Hannah lived on the Bushfield...

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by Linda Allen B. Hollis

From the time humans first recognized their capacity to pass on characteristics to their offspring, they have wrestled with the puzzle of...

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Historic Black communities are a symbolic monument to the perseverance and enduring spirit of the African American people. The state of Virginia, commonly called the "gateway to history,...

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by Linda A. B. Hollis

 In a brief review of slavery in America, one would be remiss not to discuss...

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by Linda Allen B. Hollis

Author's Note:

From the time I was a little girl, I listened with relish as my mother shared the stories of my great grandfather, Major...

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by Linda Allen B. Hollis

West Ford was born in 1784 or 1785 on the Bushfield Plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia, to Venus, a mulatto slave woman owned by George...

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By Angela Allen Henry

Genealogy: Is defined as a record or table of ancestry. 2. Direct descent from an ancestor. 3. The study of ancestry. [Lat. genealogical]

 Are You...

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To: Edward Pompeian
3/2/05
Interview:
Linda Allen B. Hollis

For The History Network

1.  What types of stories do cases like yours tell about America...

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ELISE FORD ALLEN , written by Linda Allen B. Hollis

Elise Ford Allen was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1921, to Florence Harrison and Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford...

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MAJOR GEORGE WILLIAM FORD,  written by Linda Allen B. Hollis

 Ford, Major George William,(23 Nov. 1847 – 20 June 1939...

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WEST FORD, written by Linda Allen. B. Hollis

Ford, West, (1785–20 July 1863), caretaker of the historic Mount Vernon home of President George Washington, was born...

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Powerful storytelling with unforgettable characters...

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Amazing what this family has endured and yet has found the strength to tell in this compelling story...I found the part about the Buffalo soldiers to be especially interesting. Also a touching...

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I thought I knew my American history, but I was astounded by what I learned from this book. The author has done some fascinating work researching her family's journey from the Bushfield...

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It's good to know that the ol' general was human after all. Hey, maybe the government will put George Washington's son on the other side of the dollar! (well, it was a thought!)...

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Though touted as a "novel," the back matter of this book demonstrates that this author did some serious research in putting together "I Cannot Tell a Lie." This extensive...

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Linda Allen Bryant's book 'I Cannot Tell a Lie' was beautifully written and heartwarming. The characters were alive and appealing. Her statement, 'We hope that revealing the...

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I can't wait until the movie comes out!

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It's about time someone came forward and finally told the truth.

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