drapetomania

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drapetomania

(drăp″ĕt-ō-mā′nē-ă) [Gr. drapetes, runaway, + mania, madness]
Wandering behavior; an uncontrollable urge to travel.
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Steve Wilkins, recently co-wrote a booklet titled Southern Slavery: As It Was, a grotesque portrait of the antebellum South as a model "multi-racial society" filled with "mutual intimacy and harmony" between happy slaves and kindly masters; or that the group has officially denounced the idea that Christian white Southerners "should give control over their civilization and its institutions to another race, whether it be native blacks or Hispanic immigrants.
It all reminds me of movies like "Gone with the Wind," the happy slaves working in the field while the master sips his tea.
While slavery's defenders asserted that the enslaved were happy, they also were determined not to let these happy slaves say a public word, whether in a courtroom, ballot box, or novel.