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Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball
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Feb 15, 12

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Bill just finished an interesting book about African and American history regarding slavery in Charleston, South Carolina and the interweaving of people that make up one's ancestors. The author is Edward Ball and the ninth generation of the Ball dynasty of Charleston that started with the patriarch born in England in 1676 and the book ended with the author participating in a commemoration ceremony with the Chief of the Loko tribe, 45 miles up the river from Freetown, Sierra Leone.

At the peak of prosperity there were a dozen plantations and over 1,500 slaves owned by the Ball dynasty and then how it dissolved and everything was lost and the dynasty ended.

The author started this book wanting to research how the white side of the Ball families that owned the plantations and slaves were interwoven with the black slaves that worked on the plantations. There were many interesting aspects of this book, but I think the one that stands out in my mind is how the author described his interactions with the different people he interviewed for this book.
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