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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Neat story for anyone who enjoys genealogy research. - Goodreads
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Slaves in the Family is the product of research by Edward Ball whose ancestors were important slave owners from the state of South Carolina. He researched his white ancestors, descendants of the ... Read full review

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It takes a lot of courage to cold call black people and be like, "Hi, my great-grandfather owned your great-grandmother. Can I come over so we can talk about it?" and then actually show up and talk ... Read full review


Plantation Memories
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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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