Quotation by Cornelia

I remember the almost daily talks of my mother on the cruelty of slavery. I would say nothing to her, but I was thinking all the time that slavery did not seem so cruel. Master and Mistress Jennings were not mean to my mother. It was she who was mean to them.
Cornelia (1844–?), U.S. slave. As quoted in Black Women in Nineteenth-Century American Life, part 1, by Bert James Loewenberg and Ruth Bogin (1976).

Said in 1929 or 1930, remembering her and her family's lives as slaves in Tennessee. Cornelia mother was resentful, high-spirited, and fearless.
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