This is an impressive, extensive, look at the impact of slavery on this Appalachian County on the Virginia border. It clearly falls more in the category of “local history” rather than “scholarly history” as the emphasis is on the lives of individuals, rather than social trends and their context. Nevertheless, it is exemplary in that field. The reader comes away with an understanding of the role that slave-owners, free persons of color, and slaves have played in Wilkes County history throughout the 1800s. Larry Griffin is a Caucasian who teaches Early Childhood Development at Wilkes County Community College. He has served as the curator of the Wilkes Heritage Museum and writes a column in the local newspaper on county history.
Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, 2017. 175 pages with an Index, Bibliography, Notes and a Foreword by Evonne Raglin. Trade paperback