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Black Masters : A Free Family of Color in the Old South
by Michael P. Johnson and James L. Roark


Overview - In 1860, when four million Afro-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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In 1860, when four million Afro-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 by, 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 Afro-Americans in the antebellum South to whom he remained bound by race. His family history emphasizes the fine line separating freedom from slavery.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393303148
  • ISBN-10: 0393303144
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: April 1986
  • Page Count: 440
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


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Books > Social Science > Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
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