Book Download Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South by Michael P. Johnson

Book Download Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South by Michael P. Johnson

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

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, 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 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

Title : Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South
Author :  Michael P. Johnson
Language : English
Isbn : 0393019063
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 422 pages

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