The early years of my life, which were spent in the little cabin, were not very different from those of thousands of other slaves.
So far as I can now recall, the first knowledge that I got of the fact that we were slaves, and that freedom of the slaves was being discussed, was early one morning before day, when I was awakened by my mother kneeling over her children and fervently praying that Lincoln and his armies might be successful, and that one day she and her children might be free.
I think the slaves felt the deprivation less than the whites, because the usual diet for slaves was corn bread and pork, and these could be raised on the plantation; but coffee, tea, sugar, and other articles which the whites had been accustomed to use could not be raised on the plantation, and the conditions brought about by the war frequently made it impossible to secure these things.
I know of instances where the former masters of slaves have for years been supplied with money by their former slaves to keep them from suffering.
From some things that I have said one may get the idea that some of the slaves did not want freedom.
With the sale of my jewels I will obtain 10,000 gold pieces, and with this sum you will buy another slave.
Reassure yourself, and send to the dealers, saying that you are not satisfied, and wish them to find you another slave.
I pardon you on her intercession, and on the conditions that you take the beautiful Persian for your wife, and not your slave, that you never sell her, nor put her away.
Knocking at the door of the first and chief, the slave who opened it left him to wait in a hall while he announced his visit to his master.
There is a body of men at the north, comparatively small, who have been doing this; and, as the result, this country has already seen examples of men, formerly slaves, who have rapidly acquired property, reputation, and education.
Stowe, then of Lane Seminary, Ohio, with regard to emancipated slaves, now resident in Cincinnati; given to show the capability of the race, even without any very particular assistance or encouragement.
They stand at the gates of the town, with certain of the slaves
who will discover him to them if he cometh, and none can pass out but he will be first examined.