Edward Ball traces his past back to the large South Carolina rice plantations once controlled by family patriarchs and worked by hundreds of enslaved Africans over more than 150 years. Arriving in the "New World" just before the 1700's, Elias "Red Cap" Ball sets out to make his fortune as a farmer. Ball enslaved generations of men, women and children. The British colonists did not invent slavery, but they perfected it as a means of producing great revenue from vast crops of rice, corn, tobacco, and cotton, while dehumanizing all those under its whip.
Ball searches and finds the legacy of his family's past in the form of dozens of descendants of the slaves who worked and lived on the plantations once owned by his namesakes. Many of those whose past is forever connected to his are grateful to learn of their past, much of which had been a difficult and often tragic mystery.
This report prepared by David Fletcher