The Sweet Hell Inside: The Rise of an Elite Black Family in the Segregated South

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Harper Collins, Nov 5, 2002 - History - 432 pages
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From National Book Award winner Edward Ball comes The Sweet Hell Inside, the story of the fascinating Harleston family of South Carolina, the progeny of a Southern gentleman and his slave, who cast off their blemished roots and prospered despite racial barriers. Enhanced by recollections from the family's archivist, eighty-four-year-old Edwina Harleston Whitlock -- whose bloodline the author shares. The Sweet Hell Inside features a celebrated portrait artist whose subjects included industrialist Pierre du Pont; a black classical composer in the Lost Generation of 1920s Paris; and an orphanage founder who created the famous Jenkins Orphanage Band, a definitive force in the development of ragtime and jazz.

With evocative and engrossing storytelling, Edward Ball introduces a cast of historical characters rarely seen before: cultured, vain, imperfect, rich, and black -- a family of eccentrics who defied social convention and flourished.

  

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Review: The Sweet Hell Inside: The Rise of an Elite Black Family in the Segregated South

User Review  - Kathryn Bundy - Goodreads

It's really a 4. something kind of book. I previously read another Edward Ball book, "Slaves in the Family" and liked it as well. A substantial amount of research went into this book as well as a ... Read full review

Review: The Sweet Hell Inside: The Rise of an Elite Black Family in the Segregated South

User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

As well-written and interesting as Slaves in the Family. Not a source book for white pride, for sure. Remarkable family, not always in positive ways. But remarkable just the same. Read full review

Contents

Preface
The Master and His Orphans Part II High Yellow 2o Part III Eyes Sadder Than the Grave 73
Nigger Rich 135
The Orphan Dancers 227
A Trunk in the Grass 325
Notes 353
Permissions and Photography Credits 372
Acknowledgments 374
Index 375
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About the author (2002)

Edward Ball was born in Georgia, raised in the South, and worked in New York as an art critic. His first book, Slaves in the Family, told the story of his search for the descendants of his ancestors' slaves. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife, Elizabeth.

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