Slaves in the family /Edward Ball.

GUSN

GUSN-321090

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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

Plantation life History.
Slaves History.
Slaveholders History.
African Americans History.
African Americans.
Plantation life.
Race relations.
Slaveholders.
Slaves.

Originator

Ball, Edward, 1959-

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.

Publication

New York : Ballantine Books

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

Inscribed "12 14 2000 / Happy Christmas / Kitty & John !! / With very best wishes, / Kitty & Sam"
Includes bibliographical references (pages 459-486) and index.
Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica

ISBN

0345431057
9780345431059

Call Number

CPT CPT-01-110.B327

Other People and Orgs

Ball family.

Material Type

Biography.

Places

South Carolina Charleston Region
Charleston Region (S.C.)
South Carolina

Edition

1st Ballantine Books ed.