Slavery

WHAT DID IT MEAN to be described in the possessive, categorized in a collective, listed among things? What were the psychic and physical costs of becoming someone owned, of having one’s humanity diminished by custom and law, of being fully subject to the authority of another? Sometimes we, as twenty...

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Published in: Ties That Bind p. 25
Main Author: Tiya Miles
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of California Press 06-23-2015
Edition: 2
Subjects:
Men
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Summary: WHAT DID IT MEAN to be described in the possessive, categorized in a collective, listed among things? What were the psychic and physical costs of becoming someone owned, of having one’s humanity diminished by custom and law, of being fully subject to the authority of another? Sometimes we, as twenty-first-century students of history, think we know the answers to these questions. But Harriet Jacobs, who wrote the exemplary slave narrativeIncidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself,after she had escaped from her master in North Carolina, tells us that we are mistaken. “O virtuous reader!”
ISBN: 0520285638
9780520285637
DOI: 10.1525/j.ctt19631rc.10