Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name - One White, One Black

Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name - One White, One Black

Chris Tomlinson


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Tomlinson Hill is the lovely tale of 2 families―one white, one black―who hint their roots to a slave plantation that bears their identify.

Internationally well-known for his paintings as a fearless conflict correspondent, award-winning journalist Chris Tomlinson grew up listening to tales approximately his family's deserted cotton plantation in Falls County, Texas. many of the stories lionized his white ancestors for pioneering alongside the Brazos River. His grandfather usually stated the family's slaves enjoyed them loads that in addition they took Tomlinson as their final identify.

LaDainian Tomlinson, soccer nice and previous working again for the San Diego Chargers, spent a part of his adolescence taking part in at the comparable land that his black ancestors had labored as slaves. As a toddler, LaDainian believed the Hill was once named after his relations. no longer until eventually he used to be sufficiently old to learn an old plaque did he notice that the Hill was once named for his ancestor's slaveholders.

A masterpiece of actual American heritage, Tomlinson Hill lines the genuine and intensely revealing tale of those households. From the start in 1854― while the 1st Tomlinson, a white girl, arrived―to 2007, while the final Tomlinson, LaDainian's father, left, the booklet unflinchingly explores the background of race and bigotry in Texas. alongside how it additionally manages to reveal a very good many untruths which are latent within the unsettling and intricate tale of America.

Tomlinson Hill can also be the root for a movie and an interactive net venture. The award-winning movie, which airs on PBS, concentrates on present-day Marlin, Texas and the way the group struggles with poverty and the legacy of race this day, and is followed by way of an interactive website known as Voice of Marlin, which shops the oral histories gathered alongside the way in which.

Chris Tomlinson has used the reporting abilities he honed as a hugely revered reporter overlaying ethnic violence in Africa and the center East to model an ideal microcosm of America's personal ethnic strife. the commercial inequality, political shenanigans, cruelty and racism―both refined and overt―that informs the background of Tomlinson Hill additionally continue to exist in lots of how one can this very day in our nation as an entire. the writer has used his awesome credentials and sincere humanity to create a vintage paintings of yank historical past that would take its position along the undying paintings of our most interesting historians

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