The Sweet Hell Inside: The Rise of an Elite Black Family in the Segregated South
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nluvwithx - LibraryThing
This book gives a remarkable account of the first African American Mortuary industry as we know it today. Edward ball along with Edwina Harleston Whitlock, introduces her family's life and a history ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - allison.sivak - LibraryThing
Very well written. I was immediately engrossed in this story of a rich and relatively privileged black family in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Each family member on whom Ball focuses is brought ... Read full review