Between 1698 and 1865, the Ball family of South Carolina owned more than a dozen plantations
along the Cooper River near Charleston. The crop was 'Carolina Gold' rice and the workers
who cultivated it were slaves brought from Africa. Writer Ed Ball uncovers his family's
history, works his way through antebellum archives, and almost by chance finds black people
whose ancestors were in slavery to his own. The program, produced by David Isay, reveals
family secrets as well as give a thumb nail sketch of the nature of that very American
THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION:
The African-American Mosaic
Studies in the World History of Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation
publication featuring essays, documents, images, databases, etc. relevant to the history of
is a book and a radio mini-series by Smithsonian Productions.
Chronology On The History Of Slavery, 1619 To 1789
is a chronological history of
slavery in the United States.
A Mortician's Work
by: Katie Gott
"The interesting thing about funeral work is that there are no
typical days." Funeral Director John Chaplin of Pumphrey Funeral Homes
in Bethesda stresses that as a mortician, no two days are ever the
same. Given the unpredictable nature of work, Chaplin says that one
must leave their prejudgements at the door. "Accept the families you
deal with for who they are. Start fresh each time."
Funeral homes deal with a variety of religious preferences, from
Catholicism to Buddhism, and must cater to each families' needs. "You
must be a good listener, responsive, kind, caring and sympathetic,"
Chaplin says. Although most morticians agree there is no peak time of
year in the industry, many funeral directors volunteered to help in the
recovery effort following the September 11th terrorist attacks.
To become a mortician in the state of Maryland, an Associate's
degree and 1,000 hours of apprentice work is required. One national and
2 state exams must be passed. During the apprenticeship, 20 bodies must
be embalmed and assistance with 20 funerals is also required. Chaplins
says that people don't realize that the work involves much more than
simply the day of the service.
by: Sarah M. Lanse