The Berkeley Seminar on Global History: Karl Jacoby on The Strange Career of William Ellis
Lecture | February 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
Karl Jacoby, Professor, Department of History, Columbia University
Chip Williams, Descendent of William Ellis
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. Join us to hear the celebrated Columbia historian Karl Jacoby discuss Elliss incredible story and the sleuthing required to excavate it.
Correction: Special guest Chip Williams, a descendant of William Ellis, was incorrectly listed as "Chip Ellis" in a previous version of this event posting.