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Slaves in the family

Author: Edward Ball
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Journalist Ball confronts the legacy of his family's slave-owning past, uncovering the story of the people, both black and white, who lived and worked on the Balls' South Carolina plantations. It is an unprecedented family record that reveals how the painful legacy of slavery continues to endure in America's collective memory and experience. Ball, a descendant of one of the largest slave-owning families in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Ball family.; Ball family.; Ball.; Ball, Familie South Carolina; Ball family.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Ball
ISBN: 0374265828 9780374265823 0670881066 9780670881062 096558027X 9780965580274
OCLC Number: 37527611
Awards: National Book Award for Non-fiction, 1998.
Description: 504 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Plantation memories --
Masters from England --
The well of tradition --
Bright Ma --
A family business --
Written in the blood --
The making of a dynasty --
Sawmill --
Bloodlines --
"Yours, obediently" --
A house divided --
The width of the realm --
A painter's legacy --
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The curse of Buzzard Wing --
The siege --
Aftermath --
The preservation society --
A reckoning --
Bunce Island.
Responsibility: Edward Ball.

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Journalist Ball confronts the legacy of his family's slave-owning past, uncovering the story of the people, both black and white, who lived and worked on the Balls' South Carolina plantations. It is an unprecedented family record that reveals how the painful legacy of slavery continues to endure in America's collective memory and experience. Ball, a descendant of one of the largest slave-owning families in the South, discovered that his ancestors owned 25 plantations, worked by nearly 4,000 slaves. Through meticulous research and by interviewing scattered relatives, Ball contacted some 100,000 African-Americans who are all descendants of Ball slaves. In intimate conversations with them, he garnered information, hard words, and devastating family stories of precisely what it means to be enslaved. He found that the family plantation owners were far from benevolent patriarchs; instead there is a dark history of exploitation, interbreeding, and extreme violence.--From publisher description.

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