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Slaves in the Family de Edward Ball
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Slaves in the Family (1998 original; edició 1998)

de Edward Ball (Autor)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:Slaves in the Family
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Moving and eye opening. He's very successful at telling the history of these families together rather than the isolated saga that his family history had been. The notion of the patrimony that his family cherishes being bought by ripping other people away from their own history is Tragic. I didn't always like his adjectives but appreciated how he kept control of the emotional tone of the book. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Ball's engrossing text revealed my incredible ignorance about slavery in America. Since childhood, I've had this mental image of white men walking through African jungles and knocking native Africans on the head and loading them on ships. I was totally unaware that selling slaves was an African business that made its black merchants wealthy. Since publication of Slaves in the Family, television documentaries and other books have brought the truths of slavery in America into homes and schools. Ball traveled to Africa and interviewed the still-wealthy descendants of African slave merchants, spoke to the descendants of slaves in America, and met with his black DNA cousins who descend from Ball's own slave-owner ancestors. This is certainly one of the most important books ever published about the slave trade and slavery in America. ( )
  bookcrazed | Jul 7, 2021 |
For someone likeyself who is interested in both American history and genealogy, this was a fascinating, though long read. Definitely recommended to others with similar interests. ( )
  stevesbookstuff | Nov 7, 2020 |
I can only imagine how challenging it must have been to write this book and organize it. That being said, from a readers perspective, it was challenging to keep up with all the different family members and the time periods, because the author kept vacillating. I suppose he had to with each family. I think it would have been better for the pictures to coincide with the story of each member instead of having the pictures in three sections.
The book is comprised by a great deal of research including family oral history. I think anyone whom has worked on genealogy can attest that sometimes the oral history proves more accurate. I know personally an ancestor's grave stone got the date wrong based on the information in his son's book.
However, this book also has a lot of the authors opinions and presumptions/assumptions depending on the information.
There were some areas that especially stuck out for me:
pg. 223, a letter from elder Laurens to his son (at university in a northern state) tells his son of what he thinks George Washington's opinion would be about the blacks as soldiers; he'd want them as soldiers, but would balk at their freedom, because the owners would never accept a deal that would rob them of their property.
pg. 252, the caste system of France and redistribution of wealth destroyed them. (have we learned nothing from history?)
pg. 290 the author mentions the Irish have the same slave story of you could be bought, sold, whipped and/or raped.
pg. 308 The Northern tax (Tariff of 1828) (a catalyst of the civil war. (not mentioned in the book is the other tax in 1832 further enraging the southern states).
pg 346 according to Mary Ball's memoirs she and the other women in the family were first very frightened of the invasion of the Federal troops. They found that the (white) men were quite polite and asked for things. However, the black Federal troops came in and looted, smashed the fine China, tried to find the silver and even burned the plantation houses.
pg. 364 A Rev. Peter Wishers was interviewed and quite frankly it seems as though the author was trying to agitate him. The reverend wouldn't bit though and the author said he had black guilt. Then continues to say this man didn't even have a connection to his family. So why did Mr. Ball include this interview? I'm glad he did though, it showed how badly he behaved.
pg. 436 Muslim blacks in Africa explained their families sold people from other tribes, but sometimes even their own tribe for money. (greed)
pg 442 they said it was a long mistake by their ancestors. (however slavery still exists in Africa and in Sierra-Leone where these people were from. So their ancestors long mistake has not been corrected).
Overall it was a good book.


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  VhartPowers | Dec 27, 2018 |
I thought it was interesting that the early owners worked with the slaves, but the further removed the owners became from their slaves, the worse treatment the slaves received. The author did as good a job making amends as he could.

Every time I thought he should be wrapping things up, the author found another angle to examine. Very very interesting.
  barefootcowgirl | Jul 28, 2016 |
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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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