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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

McCain's Southern History

Fascinating bit of history chronicling McCain's great-great grandfather (who happened to be a slave owner) and the slaves who took on their owner's name, McCain, and continue to live in Mississippi where the McCain plantation once stood.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Lillie McCain is watching the presidential campaign from a singular perspective.

A 56-year-old psychology professor whose family spans five generations from the enslavement of her great-great-grandparents to her own generation's fight for civil rights, Ms. McCain appreciates the social changes that have opened the way for Sen. Barack Obama to be the first major-party black contender for the White House.

But she also has an uncommon view on another American passage. Ms. McCain and her siblings are descended from two of about 120 slaves held before the end of the Civil War at Teoc, the Mississippi plantation owned by the family of Republican nominee John McCain's great-great-grandfather.
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