Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
by Harriet Jacobs
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Family Quotes
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Alas, what mockery it is for a slave mother to try to pray back her dying child to life! Death is better than slavery. (11.17)
Here's one of the worst things about slavery: Linda may have prayed for her children to live, but she wasn't entirely happy when they survived.
[S]laveholders have been cunning enough to enact that “the child shall follow the condition of the mother,” not of the father; thus taking care that licentiousness shall not interfere with avarice. (14.3)
In other words, sex between a white woman and a black man might be a crime, but a white man's rape of a black woman is just a good investment.