Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball

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Former "Village Voice" columnist Edward Ball takes readers on an unprecedented journey into his family's slave-owning past, telling the story of black and white families who lived side by side for five generations--and a tale of everyday Americans confronting their vexed inheritance together. Photos 7-city author tour. National publicity.

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Robert Edward Ball, the 1998 National Book Award winner for his nonfiction book Slaves in the Family, was born in Purley, England, on March 8, 1911. He attended Westminster School; University of London, LL.B., 1932; and Law Society School of Law, 1933. His career began as a junior law partner for James Ball & Son, London, in 1933. He became a partner of Potts & Ball, Chester, England, in 1946, chancery master at the Supreme Court of Judicature, London in 1954, and chief chancery master in 1969. His work includes contributions to Halsbury's Laws of England, third and fourth editions, The Law. and the Cloud of Unknowing, The Crown, and Supreme Morality. He also contributed to Atkin's Encyclopaedia of Court Forms, Studies in Moralogy, as well as various law journals. Awards include Member of Order of the British Empire in 1946 and Companion of Order of the Bath in 1977.
Published January 1, 1998 by Farrar. 500 pages
Genres: History, War, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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 A journalist's exhaustively researched, intensely personal quest confronts the legacy of slavery connecting his South Carolina family and the people they enslaved.

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Still, the story that Ball tells is the great American tragedy, and even when it's told as ponderously as it is here, the story itself -- sordid, amazing, disgusting, infuriating -- is always worth hearing again.

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