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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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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Having read "The Hemingses of Monticello" by Annette Gordon-Reed, I was interested when "Slaves in the Family" showed up as a Pinterest selection. As I read, I continually referenced the former book ... Read full review

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Plantation Memories
Masters from England
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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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