Henry Adams – Broken Families After Slavery

“I ran away, as also did most of the rest, and the white people did not sympathize with us; they would take all the money that we made on their places when we went to leave; they killed many hundreds of my race when they were running away to get freedom. After they told us we were free – even then they would not let us live as man and wife together. And when we would runaway to be free from slavery, the white people would not let us come on their places to see our mothers, wives, sisters, or fathers. We was made to leave the place, or made to go back and live as slaves…”5

  • 5 Henry Adams, Senate Report 693, II: 192
  • P.73, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3



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