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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Chapter 8

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Chapter 8

What Slaves Are Taught To Think Of The North

  • So, you might be wondering why more slaves don't run away to the North, considering how crummy the South is.
  • Lies, lies, and more lies. Slave owners lie to their slaves about how bad life is up North.
  • Like, a slaveholder once told Linda that he saw one of her runaway friends up North, and she was literally dying of starvation.
  • Gee, that's weird. Because Linda has actually stayed with that friend, who's totally happy with her new free life.
  • Of course, now there's the Fugitive Slave Law, which makes it illegal for Northerners to help runaway slaves and offers rewards for their capture and return.
  • So, Northerners, don't injure yourself by patting your own backs, there. As long as the North enforces this law, it's also guilty of slavery.

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