Table of Contents for Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing


Foreword xi
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Introduction: Rewriting History 1(4)
1 No Man Left Behind (for Real)
5(18)
A decade of forensic consulting for the Army
2 Famous Cousins
23(9)
Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are related---*Yawn*
3 Serial Centenarians
32(9)
Could two relatives who knew each other live in four centuries?
4 Alex Haley Was Scottish?
41(8)
Uncovering the unexpected heritage of Roots author, Alex Haley, through DNA
5 Egyptian Roots in a Hurry
49(7)
Researching Hoda Kotb's roots for the Today show on a fierce deadline
6 A House Divided, a Bible Shared
56(17)
The strange travels of a Civil War-era Bible
7 There's No One as Irish as Barack O'Bama
73(14)
Tracing his roots to the Auld Sod
8 Unclaimed Persons
87(9)
Why you should call your estranged brother
9 Adventures in TV Land
96(9)
You need what by when?!
10 Finding Melvina, Michelle Obama's Great-Great-Great-Grandmother
105(9)
How do you trace a slave girl in South Carolina?
11 The Road to a First Lady's Roots
114(12)
Road-tripping to discover all that's not online about Michelle Obama's heritage
12 King of America
126(12)
Who would rule America today if George Washington had been king?
13 Skeletons in the Turret
138(10)
Could DNA reveal the identity of the men of the USS Monitor?
14 Anatomy of an Adoption Search
148(12)
Helping adoptees discover who they are
15 The Slave Who Rescued Freedom
160(9)
Rediscovering Philip Reed, without whom the Capitol would look very different
16 No, Your Name Wasn't Changed at Ellis Island
169(10)
Why you shouldn't fall for this popular myth
17 Paralyzed Prostitute
179(8)
Following the trail of an Oregon madam
18 Half a Negro Boy
187(12)
Finding a hidden connection between Al Sharpton and Strom Thurmond
19 A Lonely Tombstone on the Sidewalks of Manhattan
199(9)
The wandering memorial of a Jewish pioneer goes home
20 Grandma Stepped Out
208(11)
My accidental genetic discovery
21 They Call Me Yak-Yak
219(8)
What I learned from assisting the FBI with civil rights cold cases
22 Annie Moore, Ellis Island's First
227(18)
Rectifying a case of historical identity theft
Acknowledgments 245(4)
Index 249