Irony In John Ball's Cruelty

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whose cruelty was completely absurd and disorderly. He escaped from the possession of the owner’s sons and walked from Georgia to Maryland. When he returned, Ball reunited with his wife and children. As a fugitive slave, he escaped to save enough money to buy a farm in Baltimore. As a freedman in 1830, Ball was captured again and returned to slavery, but he escaped and decided to hide on a ship traveling to Philadelphia and returning to Baltimore. During his absence, his wife and children had been sold back into
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