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By Frances Ann Kemble

Many years after her marriage to a prosperous American, the English stage-actress Frances Anne Kemble (1809-1893) moved together with her husband to his place of abode in Georgia, the place he had inherited plantations. There she stored a magazine of her stunning observations of the perform of slavery. Written over a interval of lower than 4 months, Kemble's magazine documents her day by day encounters along with her husband's slaves, and makes an attempt to show the ethical injustice of slavery. The magazine circulated privately between her neighbors, yet was once no longer released till 1863, lengthy after Kemble's divorce in 1849. Her publication is credited with influencing Britain's place of neutrality through the American Civil battle regardless of the cotton industry's lobbying in favour of the South. Kemble's magazine continues to be a long-lasting and significant critique of slavery, and a necessary record concerning the nineteenth-century American south.

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S slaves. To the excellent conduct of this E 2 52 JOURNAL OP woman, and indeed every member of her family, both the present and the last overseer bear unqualified testimony. ) the appearance of M with my two children had immediately suggested the idea that she must be the missis. Many of the poor negroes flocked to her, paying their profound homage under this impression; and when she explained to them that she was not their owner's wife, the confusion in their minds seemed very great—Heaven only knows whether they did not conclude that they had two mistresses, and Mr.

One of them — the eldest son of our laundrywoman, and Mary's brother, a boy of the name of Aleck (Alexander)—is uncommonly bright and intelligent; he performs all the offices of a well-instructed waiter with great efficiency, and anywhere out of slave land would be able to earn fourteen or fifteen dollars a month for himself; he is remarkably good tempered and well disposed. The other poor boy is so stupid that he appears sullen from absolute darkness of intellect; instead of being a little lower than the angels, he is scarcely a little higher than the brutes, and to this condition are reduced the majority of his kind by the institutions under which they live.

The horrible diseased state of head, common among their babies, is a mere result of filth and confinement, and therefore, though I never anywhere saw such distressing and disgusting objects as some of these poor little woolly skulls presented, the cause was sufficiently obvious. Pleurisy, or a tendency to it, seems very common among them ; also peripneumonia, or inflammation of the lungs, which is terribly prevalent, and generally fatal. Eheumatism is almost universal; and as it proceeds from exposure, and want of knowledge and care, attacks indiscriminately the young and old.

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