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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Study Guide Chapter 9, Sketches of Neighboring Slaveholders Summary & Analysis

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Here Linda tells about some of the other slaveholders of the town in which she lived. The reader is given the impression that the sufferings of Linda under Dr. Flint are by no means exceptional. Much of the chapter revolves around the wrongdoings of an infamous slaveholder called Mr. Litch. Beatings, whippings, and murders are commonplace on his plantation. One learns of a particularly horrific murder of a man named James.

Linda also tells us of a young woman whom she believed to be one of a rare group of truly good slaveholders. She treated her slaves well, honored their familial ties (she owned a mother and her six children), and they served her faithfully. They were happy and did not wish to be freed from slavery. However, after the young woman married and therefore all control of her property was transferred to her husband, this good slave-mistress was powerless to stop her husband from selling the woman and her children away from each other. This anecdote demonstrates how slaves, even those in the most idyllic situations, are made to suffer because of the inherent problems with the institution of slavery itself.

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