Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement

Author(s): Jessie Morgan-Owens

Date: Format: EPUB Language: English ISBN/ASIN: 0393609243
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The riveting, little-known tale of Mary Mildred Williamsa slave woman who regarded "white"whose {photograph} reworked the abolitionist motion.

When a decades-long court docket combat ended in her circle of relatives’s freedom in 1855, seven-year-old Mary Mildred Williams hastily was the face of American slavery. Famous abolitionists Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry David Thoreau, and John Albion Andrew would assist Mary and her circle of relatives in freedom, however Senator Charles Sumner noticed a huge political alternative. Due to generations of sexual violence, Mary’s pores and skin used to be so gentle that she "handed" as white, and this truth would make her the important thing to his white target audience’s sympathy. During his sold-out abolitionist lecture collection, Sumner paraded Mary in entrance of rapt audiences as proof that slavery used to be no longer bounded by way of race.

Weaving in combination long-overlooked number one resources and arresting photographs, together with the daguerreotype that grew to become Mary into the poster kid of a motion, Jessie Morgan-Owens investigates tangled generations of sexual enslavement and the fraught politics that led Mary to Sumner. She follows Mary’s tale during the lives of her decided mom and grandmother to her personal maturity, parallel to the tale of the antislavery motion and the eventual signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Girl in Black and White restores Mary to her rightful position in historical past and uncovers a dramatic narrative of travels alongside the Underground Railroad, relationships examined by way of oppression, and the struggles of existence after emancipation. The result’s an expos of the thorny racial politics of the abolitionist motion and the pervasive colorism that dictated the place white sympathy layone that sheds gentle on a shameful legacy that also impacts us profoundly lately.

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