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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.
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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.
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Kind Of History

History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   American--Black Social history?    -   Yes Kind of social history    -   history of minorities

Subjects of this Historical Account

Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   Black Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Sympathetic Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Farm/Ranch:    -   farm    -   lots of descript of crop raising Farms/Ranches?    -   Yes If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is moderately liberal

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   2 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   3 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Book makes you feel...    -   challenged How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players Sex in book?    -   Yes Minor characters feature lots of:    -   farmers Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   450 pages+ How much emphasis on small details?    -   8 ()

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