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Edward Ball

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A challenging, interesting book to read and, I assume, to write! Mr. Ball researches and tells the story of his plantation, slave and slave owning family from the early 1700's in the Charleston area. I'm imagining how difficult it was to get people who had moved away from that history to talk to him, let alone use their names. It was difficult to keep the many families straight and his organization was somewaht repetitive because he seemd to have separated the stories from true proved sources.
I would reccommend this book!… (mer)
 
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EllenH | 23 andra recensioner | Dec 13, 2023 |
I almost put this book down shortly after I started it, and that's something that I never really do, for no other reason being than my obsessive-compulsive disorder. But I digress...the reason I almost didn't finish it (and now I am glad that I did) is that it was set 150 years ago and eye-witness accounts are hard to come by. I guess I didn't trust the author speculating anything and wondering he was just ad-libbing to make it sensational. But you quickly see that it's not necessary for him to do that. It was also cool that it was set in Louisiana so a lot of the names were familiar and this is U.S. history and I can't ever really get too much of that.… (mer)
 
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booksonbooksonbooks | 5 andra recensioner | Jul 24, 2023 |
I almost put this book down shortly after I started it, and that's something that I never really do, for no other reason being than my obsessive-compulsive disorder. But I digress...the reason I almost didn't finish it (and now I am glad that I did) is that it was set 150 years ago and eye-witness accounts are hard to come by. I guess I didn't trust the author speculating anything and wondering he was just ad-libbing to make it sensational. But you quickly see that it's not necessary for him to do that. It was also cool that it was set in Louisiana so a lot of the names were familiar and this is U.S. history and I can't ever really get too much of that.… (mer)
 
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booksonbooksonbooks | 5 andra recensioner | Jul 24, 2023 |
Several generations of author Edward Ball’s South Carolina forebears were large slave-holding rice planters. Ball grew up hearing stories about the family’s past, and as an adult he became interested in locating descendants of persons who had been enslaved by the Ball family, at least some of whom were likely related to him by blood. Many of the Ball family papers survive and are dispersed among several archival repositories. Ball was able to trace several slave families back to the first African arrival.

Had Ball written this book just a decade or so later, it might have looked quite different. Genealogical DNA testing companies were in their infancy at the time Ball was writing this book. DNA testing might have confirmed Ball’s suspicions about the paternity of some of the persons enslaved by Ball family members. Several years later, Ball wrote The Genetic Strand in which he uses DNA to explore family mysteries. I want to read this book to see if it sheds more light on the lives of those who are profiled in Slaves in the Family.

This is an important book for many reasons. The author wrestles with the legacy of slavery for both descendants of enslaved persons and descendants of their enslavers. It’s also a history of rice plantation culture, a history of Charleston, and a history of South Carolina during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. I found it a little hard to follow as the structure is only somewhat chronological. The chapters alternate between a chronological history and contemporary memoir of Ball’s meetings with descendants of Ball slaves. I noticed quite a bit of repetition in the narrative that ought to have been edited out of such a long book. I read the paperback edition, from which the author’s account of his visit to Africa has been removed.
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