Slaves in the Family

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Macmillan, Apr 22, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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Fifteen years after its hardcover debut, the FSG Classics reissue of the celebrated work of narrative nonfiction that won the National Book Award and changed the American conversation about race, with a new preface by the author

The Ball family hails from South Carolina—Charleston and thereabouts. Their plantations were among the oldest and longest-standing plantations in the South. Between 1698 and 1865, close to four thousand black people were born into slavery under the Balls or were bought by them. In Slaves in the Family, Edward Ball recounts his efforts to track down and meet the descendants of his family's slaves. Part historical narrative, part oral history, part personal story of investigation and catharsis, Slaves in the Family is, in the words of Pat Conroy, "a work of breathtaking generosity and courage, a magnificent study of the complexity and strangeness and beauty of the word ‘family.'"

 

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User Review  - dreplogle - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - MerryMary - LibraryThing

A fascinating nonfiction book wherein the author (3 or 4 generations descended from a long-term plantation family in North Carolina) begins the task of tracing all the families that lived on the ... Read full review

Contents

1 Plantation Memories
7
2 Masters from England
22
3 The Well of Tradition
43
4 Bright Ma
64
5 A Family Business
88
6 Written in the Blood
110
7 The Making of a Dynasty
134
8 Sawmill
155
13 A Painters Legacy
271
14 The Curse of Buzzard Wing
295
15 The Siege
322
16 Aftermath
351
17 The Preservation Society
375
18 A Reckoning
392
Genealogies
419
Acknowledgments
427

9 Bloodlines
176
10 Yours obediently
196
11 A House Divided
215
12 The Width of the Realm
242
Sources
429
Notes
433
Index
461
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About the author (2014)

Edward Ball is the author of four works of nonfiction, including Slaves in the Family. Born and raised in the South, he attended Brown University and received his MFA from the University of Iowa before coming to New York and working as an art critic for The Village Voice. He lives in Connecticut and teaches writing at Yale University.

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