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Quotation by Cornelia
I'll kill you, gal, if you don't stand up for yourself. Fight, and if you can't fight, kick; if you can't kick, then bite.
Cornelia (1844–?), U.S. slave. As quoted in Black Women in Nineteenth-Century American Life, part 1, by "Fannie" (1976).
In 1929 or 1930, Fannie recalled her mother Cornelia's admonition when they were both slaves on a small farm in Tennessee—c. the early 1860s.
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