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 beautiful 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 battle 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 frequently acknowledged the family's slaves enjoyed them lots that additionally 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 formative years enjoying at the related land that his black ancestors had labored as slaves. As a toddler, LaDainian believed the Hill was once named after his relations. now not till he used to be sufficiently old to learn an historic plaque did he notice that the Hill was once named for his ancestor's slaveholders.

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

Tomlinson Hill is usually the root for a movie and an interactive internet undertaking. The award-winning movie, which airs on PBS, concentrates on present-day Marlin, Texas and the way the neighborhood struggles with poverty and the legacy of race this present day, and is followed through an interactive website referred to as Voice of Marlin, which shops the oral histories amassed alongside the best way.

Chris Tomlinson has used the reporting abilities he honed as a hugely revered reporter masking ethnic violence in Africa and the center East to model an ideal microcosm of America's personal ethnic strife. the industrial inequality, political shenanigans, cruelty and racism―both sophisticated and overt―that informs the background of Tomlinson Hill additionally live to tell the tale in lots of how one can this very day in our kingdom as an entire. the writer has used his remarkable credentials and sincere humanity to create a vintage paintings of yankee background that may take its position along the undying paintings of our best historians

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