Ambivalent, because my family owned slaves.

Charles H. Sides
Westminister, MA

I always felt superior because my great-great grandfather Sides was conscripted against his will or support into the Confederate Army, deserted, was captured by the Army of the Potomac, and imprisoned at Elmira where he died. Then, as I learned more about my personal genealogy, I discovered that every other branch of my family owned slaves in North Carolina. A national conversation that still is largely ignored.


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