Madison: Story of the lost history of a President’s black family

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On this interview, we talk to Bettye Kearse, author of “The Other Madisons”, a book about the black descendants of US President James Madison 1809-1817. During his lifetime President Madison had an affair with an enslaved black woman, which was common at the time, and had a son. Our guest is here to document the bloodline of James Madison, how she traced the history, and discuss being black in the USA.

This book does not only serve as a history book, it is also a call for black pride. Its a call to remember who we are as black people, how we built this nation, and how we can find peace in the storm of racism.

Guest: Author, Bettye Kearse

Bettye Kearse was born in Tucson, Arizona and grew up in Northern California. She has a B.A. in Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley, a Ph.D. in Biology from New York University, and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

Book: The Other Madisons – The Lost History of a President’s Black Family

Knowing our history is part of how we get to know ourselves.


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