Slaves in the Family

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G.K. Hall, May 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 843 pages
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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I can only imagine how challenging it must have been to write this book and organize it. That being said, from a readers perspective, it was challenging to keep up with all the different family ... Read full review

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Absolutely remarkable work, especially in light of the recent South Caroline shootings. This is a highly readable account of the growth of slavery in one man's family. South Carolina, and Charleston ... Read full review


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