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By Michael P. Johnson,James L. Roark

"A remarkably tremendous paintings of artistic scholarship." —C. Vann Woodward, New York assessment of Books

In 1860, while 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 notable. Born a slave, his adventure spans the heritage of the South from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. In an afternoon whilst such a lot americans, black and white, labored the soil, slightly scraping jointly a dwelling, Ellison was once a cotton-gin maker—a grasp craftsman. while 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 used to be extraordinary in lots of respects, the tale of his lifestyles sheds mild at the collective event of African american citizens within the antebellum South to whom he remained sure by means of race. His family members heritage emphasizes the tremendous line keeping apart freedom from slavery.

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