Die Free: A Heroic Family History

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of The Civil War in the U.S. and the new book Die Free: A Heroic Family History tells the story of how a New York television anchor, Cheryl Wills was able to trace undiscovered family history because of war records that showed her great-great-great grandfather had been enlisted as a soldier in the war upon fleeing from slavery.

When award-winning television anchor Cheryl Wills discovers that her great-great-great grandfather, Sandy Wills, was a runaway slave who joined the fight for freedom in the Civil War, she embarks on a search to find out more about the ancestor who demonstrated the same spirit and heart that she knew in her beloved father, a remarkable but flawed man, who died when Cheryl was thirteen, and who never knew his family legacy.

From Haywood County, Tennessee, in the 1860s, to New York City in the twentieth century, the unvarnished truth about the Wills’ family roots, ever entwined in passion, music, and faith, is a story full of rich detail and memorable characters. The author reaches back two centuries to provide history and context to a fascinating and vivid picture of an American family, descendents of enslaved Africans who, generation after generation, “reached for the gold.”

Cheryl solidly recounts her emotional personal investigation and sheds valuable information for anyone wanting to embark on researching their own family lineage. A great gift for someone in your life during Black History Month.

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