No pen can give an adequate description of the all-pervading corruption produced by slavery.
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.
The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.
Cruelty is contagious in uncivilized communities.
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.
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.
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.
The slave girl is reared in an atmosphere of licentiousness and fear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Death is better than slavery.
Always it gave me a pang that my children had no lawful claim to a name.
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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