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Always it gave me a pang that my children had no lawful claim to a name.
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But I now entered on my fifteenth year - a sad epoch in the life of a slave girl. My master began to whisper foul words in my ear. Young as I was, I could not remain ignorant of their import.
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But to the slave mother New Year's day comes laden with peculiar sorrows. She sits on her cold cabin floor, watching the children who may all be torn from her the next morning; and often does she wish that she and they might die before the day dawns.
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Cruelty is contagious in uncivilized communities.
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Death is better than slavery.
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Dr. Flint had sworn that he would make me suffer, to my last day, for this new crime against him, as he called it; and as long as he had me in his power he kept his word.
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DURING the first years of my service in Dr. Flint's family, I was accustomed to share some indulgences with the children of my mistress.
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Every where the years bring to all enough of sin and sorrow; but in slavery the very dawn of life is darkened by these shadows.
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For years, my master had done his utmost to pollute my mind with foul images, and to destroy the pure principles inculcated by my grandmother, and the good mistress of my childhood.
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He told me I was his property; that I must be subject to his will in all things. My soul revolted against the mean tyranny.
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I had one brother, William, who was two years younger than myself - a bright, affectionate child.
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I WAS born a slave; but I never knew it till six years of happy childhood had passed away.
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I would rather drudge out my life on a cotton plantation, till the grave opened to give me rest, than to live with an unprincipled master and a jealous mistress.
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If a slave is unwilling to go with his new master, he is whipped, or locked up in jail, until he consents to go, and promises not to run away during the year.
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If you want to be fully convinced of the abominations of slavery, go on a southern plantation, and call yourself a negro trader. Then there will be no concealment; and you will see and hear things that will seem to you impossible among human beings with immortal souls.
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Mrs. Flint possessed the key to her husband's character before I was born. She might have used this knowledge to counsel and to screen the young and the innocent among her slaves; but for them she had no sympathy. They were the objects of her constant suspicion and malevolence.
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My mistress was so kind to me that I was always glad to do her bidding, and proud to labor for her as much as my young years would permit.
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No pen can give an adequate description of the all-pervading corruption produced by slavery.
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Southern women often marry a man knowing that he is the father of many little slaves. They do not trouble themselves about it.
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The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.
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The secrets of slavery are concealed like those of the Inquisition.
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The slave girl is reared in an atmosphere of licentiousness and fear.
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The war of my life had begun; and though one of God's most powerless creatures, I resolved never to be conquered.
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There is a great difference between Christianity and religion at the south. If a man goes to the communion table, and pays money into the treasury of the church, no matter if it be the price of blood, he is called religious.
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There is something akin to freedom in having a lover who has no control over you, except that which he gains by kindness and attachment.
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When I was nearly twelve years old, my kind mistress sickened and died.
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When I was six years old, my mother died; and then, for the first time, I learned, by the talk around me, that I was a slave.
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When my babe was born, they said it was premature. It weighed only four pounds; but God let it live.
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When they told me my new-born babe was a girl, my heart was heavier than it had ever been before. Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women.
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