Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
by Harriet Jacobs
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Race Quotes
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It was a grand opportunity for the low whites, who had no negroes of their own to scourge. They exulted in such a chance to exercise a little brief authority, and show their subservience to the slaveholders; not reflecting that the power which trampled on the colored people also kept themselves in poverty, ignorance, and moral degradation. (12.4)
Here's an example of voting against your interests: poor whites were totally oppressed but still taught that they were superior to black people. In reality, poor slaves and poor whites had a great deal in common, since wealthy white landowners stomped on them both.
No two people that had the slightest tinge of color in their faces dared to be seen talking together. (12.4)
Thanks, Nat Turner. After the bloody Nat Turner rebellion, merely talking to another slave could get you into huge trouble.