Slaves in the Family (G K Hall Large Print Book Series)
- Publish Date: 1999-05-14
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Edward Ball;Edward G. Ballard
The story of one man s exploration of his family s slave-owning past & his search for the descendants of the people his ancestors kept as slaves. In 1698, Elias Ball traveled from England to Charleston, SC, to take possession of his plantation & 20 slaves: his inheritance. Elias & his progeny built an Amer. dynasty that lasted for 6 generations, acquiring more than 20 plantations, selling rice, & enslaving close to 4,000 Africans until 1865, when Union troops arrived & forced emancipation. Edward Ball, Elias descendant, tells the story of B&W families who have lived side by side through 300 years, a tale of everyday people who face their vexed inheritance together. Photographs.