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Modern Medea :a family story of slavery and child-murder from the Old South

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The first in-depth historical account of the events that inspired Toni Morrison's novel Beloved.

In the middle of a frigid Sunday night in January 1856, a twenty-two-year-old Kentucky slave named Margaret Garner gathered up her family and raced north, toward Cincinnati and freedom. But Margaret's master followed just hours behind and soon had the fugitives surrounded. Thinking all was lost, Margaret seized a butcher knife and nearly decapitated her two-year-old daughter, crying out that she would rather see her children dead than returned to slavery. She was turning on her other three children when slave catchers burst in and subdued her.

Margaret Garner's child-murder electrified the United States, inspiring the longest, most spectacular fugitive-slave trial in history. Abolitionists and slaveholders fought over the meaning of the murder, and the case came to symbolize the ills of the Union in those last dark decades before the Civil War. Newspaper columnists, poets, and dramatists raced to interpret Margaret's deeds, but by the century's end they were all but forgotten. Steven Weisenburger is the first scholar to delve into this astonishing story in more than a century. Weisenburger integrates his innovative archival discoveries into a dramatic narrative that paints a nuanced portrait of the not-so-genteel Southern culture of slavery and its destructive effect on all who lived in and with it.

About the Author

Steven Weisenburger, professor of English and co-director of the Program in American Culture at the University of Kentucky, is the author of Fables of Subversion: Satire and the American Novel and A "Gravity's Rainbow" Companion.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780809069538
Subtitle:
A Family Story of Slavery and Child-Murder from the Old South
Publisher:
Hill and Wang
Author:
Weisenburger, Steven
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
Fugitive slaves
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
Infanticide -- Ohio -- Cincinnati -- Case studies.
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Slavery
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990901
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 25 Black-and-White Illustration
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.828 in

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History and Social Science » African American Studies » Slavery and Reconstruction

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