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by Bill Sizemore

In Uncle George and Me, author Bill Sizemore tells the story of his slave-owning Virginia ancestors, their slaves, and those slaves’ descendants—a story that lay buried by a century of denial and historical amnesia. Its threads run through the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, the struggle for civil rights, and the crippling legacy of slavery that still plagues the nation today. In microcosm, it is the story of Virginia and the South. In telling it, Sizemore hopes to advance an essential, if painful, national conversation about race.

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Meet the Author

Bill Sizemore is a retired Virginia journalist. Over a 35-year career at The Virginian-Pilot, the state’s largest newspaper, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of multiple awards from the Virginia Press Association. His first book, co-authored with Jens Soering, is A Far, Far Better Thing: Did a Fatal Attraction Lead to a Wrongful Conviction? It’s a true-crime account of a notorious double murder and a prisoner who has been proclaiming his innocence for more than 30 years behind bars. Sizemore’s second book is Uncle George and Me: Two Southern Families Confront a Shared Legacy of Slavery. It’s the story of his slaveowning Virginia ancestors, their slaves, and the descendants of those slaves. Note: This is not the Bill Sizemore who gained notoriety as an anti-tax activist, politician, and Christian author in Oregon.

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Formats:  Hardcover, Paperback, Ebook

Pages:  158

ISBN HC: 978-1-958754-15-3

ISBN PB:  978-1-947860-10-0

ISBN EB: 978-1-947860-29-2

Release Date: 9/5/2018


“In Uncle George and Me, Bill Sizemore has focused his well-honed investigative skills on his own family—and those of the slaves they once owned. The result is a compelling, honest, and sometimes heartbreaking narrative that illuminates the fraught and fragile ties that yoke those on both sides of America’s founding racial divide.” —Margaret Edds, author of We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow


“Bill Sizemore brings a keen mind, an eloquent pen and a gentle but courageous heart to this painful, clear-eyed tale of his family’s—and our nation’s—shameful past.” —Karen Branan, author of The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia

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