Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South / Edition 1

Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South / Edition 1

by Michael P. Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393303144

ISBN-13: 2900393303147

Pub. Date: 04/28/1986

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900393303147
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1986
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440

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