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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User Review  - Pl Parmer - Goodreads

Interesting reading but the author skips around a lot. This, combined with reuse of names among slaves and lack of written records, makes it hard to follow the narrative at times. Unsure of what the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jenine - Goodreads

Moving and eye opening. He's very successful at telling the history of these families together rather than the isolated saga that his family history had been. The notion of the patrimony that his ... Read full review

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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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