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Slaves in the family /Edward Ball.

Collection Type
Books
Originator
Ball, Edward, 1959-
Publication
New York : Ballantine Books
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 --- The curse of Buzzard Wing -- The siege -- Aftermath -- The preservation society -- A reckoning -- Bunce Island.
Date
Ã1999.
Edition
1st Ballantine Books ed.
Description
505 pages, [48] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
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.
Notes
Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica
Includes bibliographical references (pages 459-486) and index.
Inscribed "12 14 2000 / Happy Christmas / Kitty & John !! / With very best wishes, / Kitty & Sam"
ISBN
0345431057
9780345431059
GUSN
321090
Call Number
CPT CPT-01-110.B327
Other People and Orgs
Ball family.
Descriptive terms
African Americans History.
African Americans.
Plantation life History.
Plantation life.
Race relations.
Slaveholders History.
Slaveholders.
Slaves History.
Slaves.
Material Type
Biography.
Places
Charleston Region (S.C.)
South Carolina
South Carolina Charleston Region

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