Shared History tells the story of the relationship that developed between my family–the descendants of slave owners–and the descendants of enslaved African Americans. The film explores the almost 300-year connection between these two groups at Woodlands, also known as the Simms place, a South Carolina ante-bellum plantation.
This blog seeks to expand the conversation started in the film. It asks the question: can we talk about the realities of slavery with each other by sharing personal stories about connections forged by slavery and its aftermath?
Shared History has an companion blog entitled Just Like Family, which is also designed to further the national conversation about race issues in this country. Just Like Family is a repository of memories, stories, comments, theories, and conversations about the impact of African American women who raised white children from the white and black points of view.
For detailed information about the film and the history of the families and to buy a DVD, visit us at Shared History. You can also see teasers for the film on YouTube and Vimeo, and, in the future, footage that was considered too controversial for the PBS documentary.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Felicia Furman, Producer/Director, Shared History and Blogger