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Quote #7

I remained abroad ten months, which was much longer than I had anticipated. During all that time, I never saw the slightest symptom of prejudice against color. Indeed, I entirely forgot it, till the time came for us to return to America. (37.7)

For the first time in her life, Linda learns what it's like not to be judged based on her skin tone. So why is prejudice considered so normal in America?

Quote #8

I was, in fact, a slave in New York, as subject to slave laws as I had been in a Slave State. Strange incongruity in a State called free! (40.10)

Once the Fugitive Slave Law passes in 1850, Jacobs suggests, the Northern states begin to look suspiciously like the Southern states.

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