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Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South

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In 1860, when four million African Americans were enslaved, a quarter-million others, including William Ellison, were "free people of color." But Ellison was remarkable. Born a slave, his experience spans the history of the South from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. In a day when most Americans, black and white, worked the soil, barely scraping together a living, Ellison was a cotton-gin maker--a master craftsman. When nearly all free blacks were destitute, Ellison was wealthy and well-established. He owned a large plantation and more slaves than all but the richest white planters.

While Ellison was exceptional in many respects, the story of his life sheds light on the collective experience of African Americans in the antebellum South to whom he remained bound by race. His family history emphasizes the fine line separating freedom from slavery.

Synopsis:

"A remarkably fine work of creative scholarship." --C. Vann Woodward, New York Review of Books

About the Author

Michael P. Johnson is professor of history at the University of California in Irvine.James L. Roark is professor of history at Emory University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393303148
With:
Roark, James L.
Author:
Roark, James L.
Author:
Johnson, Michael P.
Author:
Johnson, Michael
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Civil war, 1861-1865
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
African Americans - South Carolina
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Publication Date:
19860431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 1.3 in 1.045 lb

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