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Slaves in the Family Journalist Ball confronts the legacy of his family's slaveowning 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 slaveowning families in the South, discovered that his ancestors ownedplantations, worked by nearly , slaves Through meticulous research and by interviewing scattered relatives, Ball contacted some , AfricanAmericans 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 ❰Reading❯ ➿ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – Lavons.co.uk uncovering the story of the people [EPUB] ✷ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector By Delores Fossen – Lavons.co.uk both black and white ❰EPUB❯ ✰ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – Lavons.co.uk 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 ❰Epub❯ ❧ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) Auteur Carole Mortimer – Lavons.co.uk a descendant of one of the largest slaveowning families in the South ➵ [Reading] ➷ If the Stiletto Fits... By Wendy Etherington ➪ – Lavons.co.uk discovered that his ancestors ownedplantations ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☄ What Phoebe Wants (Harlequin Flipside, Author Cindi Myers – Lavons.co.uk worked by nearly [PDF] ❤ Ruthlessly Royal (Self-Made Millionaires By Robyn Donald – Lavons.co.uk slaves Through meticulous research and by interviewing scattered relatives [Reading] ➶ An Amish Family Christmas By Marta Perry – Lavons.co.uk Ball contacted some [PDF / Epub] ☆ Interrupted Lullaby By Dana R. Lynn – Lavons.co.uk AfricanAmericans who are all descendants of Ball slaves In intimate conversations with them ➶ [Read] ➲ Gift-Wrapped Governess By Sophia James ➾ – Lavons.co.uk he garnered information ☉ Vows of Revenge PDF / Epub ❤ Author Dani Collins – Lavons.co.uk hard words ☉ Not a Fairy Tale PDF / Epub ❤ Author Romy Sommer – Lavons.co.uk 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 ❴BOOKS❵ ✬ The Midwife and the Single Dad Author Gill Sanderson – Lavons.co.uk interbreeding [Reading] ➿ Small-Town Billionaire ➶ Renee Andrews – Lavons.co.uk and extreme violence


About the Author: Edward Ball

Edward Ball was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1958, grew up in South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana He finished high school in New Orleans and attended Brown University, graduating in 1982 with a B.A in Semiotics He received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1984, and afterwards moved to New York City, where he worked as a freelance art critic, writing about film, art, ar



10 thoughts on “Slaves in the Family

  1. says:

    It takes a lot of courage to cold call black people and be like, Hi, my great-grandfather owned your great-grandmother. Can I come over so we can talk about it? and then actually show up and talk about all the consequences of slavery. It seems like families that can trace their ancestry back to a specific p


  2. says:

    Our book group discussed this last evening. We felt Edward Ball was brave to tackle this topic, despite his unpopularity with his family and some readers. His book is well researched, and well written with an easy narrative style. Our group, very yankee and very white wondered how our discussion would have been dif


  3. says:

    Page 419 (my book)

    I took a walk on the beach at Sullivan’s Island [South Carolina], the little sandbar at the entrance to Charleston harbor where the slave transports had first touched land….Although the island was once the most important landing place for black people brought to America, there was no museu


  4. says:

    Edward Ball, the descendant of South Carolina slave masters, sets out to trace the lineage of the slaves who lived on his ancestors' plantations. Through amazing detective work, Ball is able to locate and re-tell the story of many of his family's slaves, some of whom were the offspring of master-slave sexual relations, and therefo


  5. says:

    I've got Balls in my line. . .but mine are all in North Carolina, and then trundle down to Georgia before heading to Louisiana and northwest Texas, and former slaves came with them to Texas. My great-grandma, Granny had stories. Sitting on her backporch, listening to her unfiltered, affectionate, loving even, reference shocked my young-ad


  6. says:

    Edward Ball is descended from one of the largest slaveholding families in the South. At their busiest, the many plantations owned by the Ball families contained over 1,000 slaves. The Balls were unusual in that they were more detailed in documenting their human property, so much so that there is at least one line that can be traced all the way ba


  7. says:

    This is the second time I've read this book and I was as pleased with it this time as the first time. This is the story of the author's research into his family's past as slave owners and slave traders. Through painstaking research and wonderful storytelling Ball tracks down his ancestors, both white and black, and tells the story of slavery in this coun


  8. says:

    This geneology- laced memoir was very interesting ! I had heard about this book several years ago and just found it. Written by the descendant of plantation owners, Edward Ball makes a diligent effort to find and understand the perspective of his own ancestors and the people they enslaved.

    I was saddened by the defensiveness of his family - surely we


  9. says:

    This book makes great reading for anyone interested in genealogical research, slavery and the history of the American South. Edward Ball has made an important contribution to those fields with this extensively-researched look at plantation life near Charleston, SC. He attempts to cover a very long time span--going back to 1660--which is both what makes it valuable to st


  10. says:

    This book speaks to me in a very personal way. I, too, come from a southern family, and my ancestors also owned slaves. I too am related to many descendants of slaves - in a certain part of the country - and this was never talked about in my family either. Edward Ball smashed down the barrier between the history that is spoken of, and the history that is real. He covered his st


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