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The Resource The strange career of William Ellis : the Texas slave who became a Mexican millionaire, Karl Jacoby

The strange career of William Ellis : the Texas slave who became a Mexican millionaire, Karl Jacoby

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The strange career of William Ellis : the Texas slave who became a Mexican millionaire
Title
The strange career of William Ellis
Title remainder
the Texas slave who became a Mexican millionaire
Statement of responsibility
Karl Jacoby
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A prize-winning historian tells a new story of the black experience in America through the life of a mysterious entrepreneur. To his contemporaries in Gilded Age Manhattan, Guillermo Eliseo was a fantastically wealthy Mexican, the proud owner of a luxury apartment overlooking Central Park, a busy Wall Street office, and scores of mines and haciendas in Mexico. But for all his obvious riches and his elegant appearance, Eliseo was also the possessor of a devastating secret: he was not, in fact, from Mexico at all. Rather, he had begun life as a slave named William Ellis, born on a cotton plantation in southern Texas during the waning years of King Cotton. After emancipation, Ellis, capitalizing on the Spanish he learned during his childhood along the Mexican border and his ambivalent appearance, engaged in a virtuoso act of reinvention. He crafted an alter ego, the Mexican Guillermo Eliseo, who was able to access many of the privileges denied to African Americans at the time: traveling in first-class train berths, staying in upscale hotels, and eating in the finest restaurants. The Strange Career of William Ellis reads like a novel but offers fresh insights on the history of the Reconstruction era, the US-Mexico border, and the abiding riddle of race. At a moment when the United States is deepening its connections with Latin America and recognizing that race is more than simply black or white, Ellis's story could not be more timely or important"--Provided by publisher
Summary
To his contemporaries in Gilded Age Manhattan, Guillermo Eliseo was a fantastically wealthy Mexican, the proud owner of a luxury apartment overlooking Central Park, a busy Wall Street office, and scores of mines and haciendas in Mexico. But for all his obvious riches and his elegant appearance, Eliseo was also the possessor of a devastating secret: he was not, in fact, from Mexico at all. Rather, he had begun life as a slave named William Ellis, born on a cotton plantation in southern Texas during the waning years of King Cotton. After emancipation, Ellis, capitalizing on the Spanish he learned during his childhood along the Mexican border and his ambivalent appearance, engaged in a virtuoso act of reinvention. He crafted an alter ego, the Mexican Guillermo Eliseo, who was able to access many of the privileges denied to African Americans at the time: traveling in first-class train berths, staying in upscale hotels, and eating in the finest restaurants
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10513132
Cataloging source
DLC
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1965-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jacoby, Karl
Dewey number
  • 306.3/62092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ellis, William Henry
  • African Americans
  • Slaves
  • Businessmen
  • Millionaires
  • Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
  • Passing (Identity)
  • African Americans
  • Mexican-American Border Region
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the Texas slave who became a Mexican millionaire
Label
The strange career of William Ellis : the Texas slave who became a Mexican millionaire, Karl Jacoby
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-288) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn945730068
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
xxviii, 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393239256
Lccn
2016007019
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)945730068
Label
The strange career of William Ellis : the Texas slave who became a Mexican millionaire, Karl Jacoby
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-288) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn945730068
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
xxviii, 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393239256
Lccn
2016007019
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)945730068

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