Karl JacobyW.W. Norton, Pages: 304978-0-393-23925-4Review by Vladimir Alexandrov
Born a slave near the Texas border with Mexico in 1864, Ellis triumphed over the entrenched racism of Gilded Age America by “passing” and becoming a rich entrepreneur in New York. To protect his new guise, however, he had to conceal his past, spread false stories, destroy documents and avoid photographers.
There are very few records about slaves or most freedmen, and little is known about Ellis’ origins: He had a number of (anonymous) white ancestors; his parents settled and worked in the town of...
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