By Michael P. Johnson,James L. Roark
"A remarkably fantastic paintings of artistic scholarship." —C. Vann Woodward, New York assessment of Books
In 1860, whilst 4 million African american citizens have been enslaved, a quarter-million others, together with William Ellison, have been "free humans of color." yet Ellison used to be impressive. Born a slave, his adventure spans the historical past of the South from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. In an afternoon whilst such a lot american citizens, black and white, labored the soil, slightly scraping jointly a residing, Ellison used to be a cotton-gin maker—a grasp craftsman. whilst approximately all loose blacks have been destitute, Ellison was once filthy rich and well-established. He owned a wide plantation and extra slaves than all however the richest white planters.
While Ellison was once unheard of in lots of respects, the tale of his existence sheds mild at the collective adventure of African american citizens within the antebellum South to whom he remained certain through race. His family members historical past emphasizes the advantageous line setting apart freedom from slavery.
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Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South by Michael P. Johnson,James L. Roark