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Was W.H. Ellis a Con Man?

The first reviews of The Strange Career of William Ellis have begun to appear.  One early review, which appeared in Kirkus, a journal for librarians, was enthusiastic, terming the book “a remarkable historical detective story.”  However, the anonymous reviewer also saw fit to conclude that “Ellis was surely a kind of confidence man.”


 



 


The question of whether Ellis was a “con man” is one that I am

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"Very interesting--the author managed to find a lot of information on this enigmatic figure, who obscured his identity throughout a large portion of his life. He didn't just "pass" for white; he called himself Mexican when it suited him, spoke fluent " Read more of this review »
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"William Henry Ellis, born into slavery and emancipated with his family, reinvented himself as Guillermo Enrique Eliseo, claiming to be Mexican, Cuban, and even Hawaiian. These alternative identities let him pass as "not black" in the late 19th centur" Read more of this review »
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“Given the obstacles to merging these fragile and diverse forms of storytelling into a single tale, it is, paradoxically, by venturing in the opposite direction -- by listening for the silences between accounts; by discovering what each genre of recordkeeping cannot tell us -- that we can capture most fully the human struggle to understand our elusive past. What this past asks of us in return is a willingness to recount all our stories -- our darkest tales as well as our most inspiring ones -- and to ponder those stories that violence has silenced forever. For until we recognize our shared capacity for inhumanity, how can we ever hope to tell stories of our mutual humanity?”
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