William Ellis navigated the multicultural caste system in Texas and the politicization of the border as training in international finance. One can question if he, like at Tlahualilo, concealed his African descent to penetrate American and Mexican societies; or if he penetrated both in doing so. Ellis perfected the art of "passing," and Jacoby found no-less competitive a figure for scholarship on the subject.
A book review for The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire (Karl Jacoby)
Jubalyn ExWilliams lives in Pennsylvania (United States). You can find dozens of her reviews, including this one on The Strange Career of William Ellis by Karl Jacoby, at landturn.com/reviews.
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