Slaves in the Family

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G.K. Hall, May 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 843 pages
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In 1698, Elias Ball traveled from his home in England to take possession of his inheritance - a plantation in South Carolina and twenty slaves. He and his progeny built an American dynasty on the labor of nearly four thousand slaves. The author is a descendant of Elias. Here he chronicles the lives of the people who lived on his ancestors' lands, and most remarkable of all, he relates his travels across the U.S. to meet the descendants of Ball slaves. Their stories reveals how the effect of slavery live on in black and white life and memory, and Slaves in the Family is a story of people confronting their inescapable common history.

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Fascinating story - I didn't love the writing style, but overall really enjoyed this book Read full review

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Slaves in the FamilyI am a big history buff. I loved all the history as well as the characters. Made me think how far or not, our society has come. I felt as if I was walking the journey with him. The secret past of our family history that we all question. Read full review


Plantation Memories
Masters from England
The Well of Tradition

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About the author (1999)

Edward Ball was born in Savannah, Georgia, graduated from Brown University, and was a columnist for "The Village Voice," This is his first book.

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