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

By: Weisenburger, Steven

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3rd printing. Faint stain to page edges, pages lightly foxed. Sticker adhesive to jacket front, sticker to jacket rear. 1999 Hard Cover. xiii, 352 pp. 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. Keywords: STEVEN WEISENBURGER MODERN MEDEA FAMILY STORY SLAVERY CHILD-MURDER OLD SOUTH BIOGRAPHY AMERICAN HISTORY CIVIL WAR TONI MORRISON BELOVED MARGARET GARNER SOCIOLOGY RACE RACISM BLACK HISTORY AFRICAN AMERICAN

Title: Modern Medea: A Family Story of Slavery and Child-Murder from the Old South

Author: Weisenburger, Steven

Categories: Race & Racism, American Civil War, 19th Century, Biography,

Edition: 3rd Printing

Publisher: Hill and Wang: 1999

ISBN Number: 0809069539

ISBN Number 13: 9780809069538

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good

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