Always an Olivia: A Remarkable Family History (Jewish by Carolivia Herron

By Carolivia Herron

An aged black grandmother passes at the tale of the family's Jewish origins to her younger granddaughter, Carol Olivia. As kinfolk flee the Spanish Inquisition, are abducted through pirates and at last sail to the United States, one daughter in every one iteration is given the identify Olivia, from the Hebrew Shulamit that means "peace," to honor the Jewish a part of their ancestry. Critically-acclaimed writer Carolivia Herron (Nappy Hair) stocks this attractive, multicultural story relies on her personal family's historical past.

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References: Azoulay, Katya Gibel. Black, Jewish, and Interracial: It’s Not the Color of Your Skin but the Race of Your Kin, and Other Myths of Identity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997. Brodkin, Karen. How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says about Race in America. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1998. Jacobson, Matthew Frye. Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998. Roediger, David R. Working Toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Became White.

Generations later, one girl, Sarah, was captured by pirates who planned to sell her in North Africa. But when they landed in Tripoli, Libya, Jewish leaders helped Sarah and her friend James escape. They sailed to America and settled on the Georgia Sea Islands where James and Sarah’s children— and their children—married into Geechee families of African descent. Yet generation after generation kept a special promise to Sarah to honor their Jewish heritage. COM • 800-KARBEN Kar-Ben A DIVISION OF LERNER PUBLISHING GROUP, INC.

Yet generation after generation kept a special promise to Sarah to honor their Jewish heritage. COM • 800-KARBEN Kar-Ben A DIVISION OF LERNER PUBLISHING GROUP, INC. A.

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