Slaves in the Family

Slaves in the Family

Book - 1998
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The author, whose ancestors owned slaves in seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century South Carolina, describes life on the Ball plantations for the whites and African Americans and traces the lives of many of the slaves' descendants.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374265823
0374265828
Call Number: 975.7915 B21s
Characteristics: 504 p., [48] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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all_for_mojie
Jul 07, 2015

I checked this out a few days before the shooting in Charleston. It goes into depth on the whites' and blacks' lives on the 20 plantations owned by the Ball family, starting from Elias Ball in the late 1600s. His white relatives' comments ("we treated our slaves well;" "the slaves loved us," "we didn't break up families;" "we rarely beat them," etc.) are strongly contradicted by his black relatives' bitterness about their great-great-greats' experiences as handed down in family stories through generations.

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ShirleyRDavis
Jun 28, 2014

In revealing the history of the Ball Family, "Slaves in the Family" reveals much insight about slavery in South Carolina (the U. S.) from its earliest colonial beginnings, (beginning on the shores of Africa) to its end and into the 20th century. I was again struck by the amount of resources, time, determination, and maybe even luck it takes to identify individual slaves brought from Africa to the plantations, as well as to trace their lineage to their present day descendants. In my opinion, Slaves in the Family gives a broad perspective of the Black experience that is especially enhanced when both Slaves in the Family and Warmth of Other Suns are treated as paired reading.

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