Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball


Slaves in the Family chronicles the history of the Ball family form 1698 to modern times.  Ball explores his ancestor’s ownership of slaves and the treatment of slaves.  In his journey to learn more about his family, he discovers family members who are descendents of this ancestor’s slaves.  He also describes how this discovery affected him and how the lives of his family and the lives of the families of the slaves his ancestors owned are still affected by slavery and other racially motivated injustices.  Slaves in the Family puts a human face to the history of racial relations in theUnited States in the way that a teacher in a classroom or a textbook never could.

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