In tonight’s episode of the PBS show Finding Your Roots, Maya Rudolph breaks down crying when she learns that her family history traces back to a five-year-old slave who lived on a Kentucky plantation.
You can now browse the wills of famous American figures including Paul Revere, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Alexander Hamilton. First person to calculate how many chamberpots total were owned by the signers of the Declaration of Independence gets my undying gratitude.
After reading the NY Times' just-published "In First Lady's Roots, a Complex Path From Slavery," I felt conflicted. There is a lot to absorb. A lot to sift through. Michelle Robinson Obama's ancestry is complicated, glorious, and quintessentially African-American.