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The Sweet Hell Inside: The Rise of an Elite Black Family in the Segregated South
The Sweet Hell Inside The Rise of an Elite Black Family in the Segregated South Author:Edward Ball From National Book Award winner Edward Ball comes The Sweet Hell Inside, the story of the fascinating Harleston family of South Carolina, the progeny of a Southern gentleman and his slave, who cast off their blemished roots and prospered despite racial barriers. Enhanced by recollections from the family's archivist, eighty-four-year-old E... more »dwina Harleston Whitlock -- whose bloodline the author shares. The Sweet Hell Inside features a celebrated portrait artist whose subjects included industrialist Pierre du Pont; a black classical composer in the Lost Generation of 1920s Paris; and an orphanage founder who created the famous Jenkins Orphanage Band, a definitive force in the development of ragtime and jazz.With evocative and engrossing storytelling, Edward Ball introduces a cast of historical characters rarely seen before: cultured, vain, imperfect, rich, and black -- a family of eccentrics who defied social convention and flourished.« less
The author wrote this book after researching his family tree and finding family connections to slaves. I did not enjoy this book as I thought I would. I finally just stopped reading it and looked at the photo section.