By Michael P. Johnson,James L. Roark
"A remarkably superb paintings of artistic scholarship." —C. Vann Woodward, New York evaluate of Books
In 1860, while 4 million African americans have been enslaved, a quarter-million others, together with William Ellison, have been "free humans of color." yet Ellison used to be notable. Born a slave, his event spans the background of the South from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. In an afternoon while so much american citizens, black and white, labored the soil, slightly scraping jointly a residing, Ellison was once a cotton-gin maker—a grasp craftsman. while approximately all unfastened blacks have been destitute, Ellison used to be prosperous and well-established. He owned a wide plantation and extra slaves than all however the richest white planters.
While Ellison was once extraordinary in lots of respects, the tale of his lifestyles sheds mild at the collective event of African americans within the antebellum South to whom he remained certain by means of race. His relations heritage emphasizes the tremendous 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