- 2021 WINNER OF THE PHILLIS WHEATLEY BOOK AWARD
- 2022 FINALIST IN THE NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS: HISTORY/CULTURE
Between the sheets of Black and White
Grey and Blue divide
Ever spilt the red life force
A shared Blood Line
(c) 2020 Denise I. Griggs
Peter Hunt, his mother and sibling were slaves in Mississippi, owned by his White slave-owning father. A further irony was that his Mother was named America, and they lived on a plantation in a town named Liberty.
Mississippi was one of several slave owning states that seceded from the government and declared themselves the new Confederate States. Peter's White half-brother enlisted in this new army. When the Confederate States army fired on Fort Sumter in April 1861, it began the Civil War.
As a war maneuver against the Confederacy, on January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln emancipated all slaves in the Confederate states, then allowed newly freed slaves to enlist in a new regiment of the Union Army - the United States Colored Troops (USCT). With the addition of the US Colored Troops, the Union Army defeated the Confederate States Army and won the Civil War.
Peter Hunt, through the author, tells the trials and tribulations of his own life story from being born a slave, to Emancipation, becoming a soldier in the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), a 1st time citizen because of the 14th Amendment, first time voter because of the 15th Amendment, and homesteading land through the 1862 Homestead Act.
The Author examines Peter Hunt’s life, from her family’s oral history, historical documentation, family pictures, DNA, timeline, and the political, cultural, economic world view during his life.
This story is a "must read," so that teens and young adults may know and understand that life isn't always what it “appears” or is “said” to be.
*Although Peter died in 1915, the Author chose to write Peter's story in the style of the Writer's Federal Project (WPA) of the 1930's, when African American former slaves were interviewed about their lives during and after slavery.
Author will autograph purchases made from this website.
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The National Park Services Video & Project
- Cultivating Connections
- Black Homesteading in America
Peter Hunt (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage
- Ancestor Poster - https://bit.ly/3iU0iZm
- 2021 Phillis Wheatley Book Award - https://bit.ly/3cUIf1u
Nurturing Our Roots with Antoinette and Karran
- Homestead Act of 1862 featuring Bernice Bennett
Research at the National Archives with Bernice Bennett
- Searching for Truth
Nurturing Our Roots with Antoinette Harrell
Denise I. Griggs
P.O. Box 278475
Sacramento, CA 95827
Ms. Griggs is the Author and Publisher of Blue Eclipse Publishing. She earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from a Christian University, and has worked in both Education and Ministry.
Some of her books include topics on Diversity, Genealogy, and Theology, for young adults on this site, and for children at Glass Tree Books. Ms. Griggs also volunteered for over 30 years in children's ministry, 40 years in family genealogy research, and 20 years teaching African American Genealogy.
Ms. Griggs is retired and lives in California and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
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