2021 Modern Medea: A Family Story of Slavery and sale Child-Murder from the Old discount South outlet sale

2021 Modern Medea: A Family Story of Slavery and sale Child-Murder from the Old discount South outlet sale

2021 Modern Medea: A Family Story of Slavery and sale Child-Murder from the Old discount South outlet sale

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Details the life of fugitive slave Margaret Garner and her trial for murdering her daughter

Amazon.com Review

"This is a story of slavery and child-murder, and it begins in northern Kentucky."

Toni Morrison''s Beloved was based on a real incident: an 1856 infanticide committed by 22-year-old Margaret Garner, a runaway slave who, when recapture was imminent, cut her daughter''s throat with a butcher''s knife. "The ensuing public opinion battle raged for months," writes Steven Weisenburger. For the abolitionist movement, "no case more incisively revealed the pathology of slavery, and no deeds better symbolized the slave''s tragic heroism." But to those in favor of slavery, "her deeds demonstrated that slaves were subhuman. Only a beast would kill its offspring, they reasoned, so Margaret''s child-murder proved the bondservant''s need for Southern slavery''s kindly paternal authority."

Weisenburger''s account of Garner''s life has a novelistic flair of its own, laying out the facts in crisp detail. He guides readers through the controversial month-long trial and its aftermath, with her return into bondage and, for a time, obscurity. Modern Medea provides a rich understanding of the realities of life in the antebellum South and the legal and cultural battles that took place over the institution of slavery.

From Library Journal

The events that inspired Toni Morrison''s Pulitzer Prize-winning Beloved (LJ 9/1/87), recently released as a film starring Oprah Winfrey, are the subject of this true account by Weisenburger (English, Univ. of Kentucky; Fables of Subversion: Satire and the American Novel, Univ. of Georgia, 1995). The gruesome act of Margaret Garner, who killed her children rather than allowing them to be slaves ("Let us go to God rather than go back to slavery"), touched off a firestorm of controversy just a few years before the Civil War. Weisenburger is the first scholar to attend to this drama that uncovered dirty truths about our nation''s past and the burning drive to escape bondage. He details not only the crime of infanticide and a desperate mother but skillfully portrays the country, the South, and the lives of both slaves and whites. Weisenburger integrates scholarly research and a fine narrative approach in relating this "drama of disunion, a prelude to fratricidal war."?Kay Meredith Dusheck, Univ. of Iowa, Anamosa
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From Booklist

In Beloved (1987), Toni Morrison drew on a long-forgotten historical incident to produce a fictional masterpiece. In Modern Medea, English professor Weisenburger explores that incident and its impact on contemporaries. In January 1856, a family of slaves named Garner left Kentucky and crossed the Ohio River to Cincinnati. Within 24 hours, a posse knocked on the door of the relatives'' home where they had stopped. The Garners resisted. When the posse burst in, it found that Margaret Garner had cut the throat of her three-year-old daughter, Mary, and cut, but not seriously injured, older sons Tom and Sam; she did not want them to return to slavery. The capture, court action, and return of the Garners to their owner was a cause celebre, symbolizing different certainties for slavery''s attackers and defenders. Recent studies of domestic life under slavery and records of the court cases and the (better-documented) lives of the white Southerners and Northerners involved are among Weisenburger''s sources in recapturing what Margaret Garner did that day. Mary Carroll

About the Author

Steven Weisenburger, professor of English and codirector 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.

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