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Modern Medea: A Family Story of Slavery and Child-Murder from the Old South
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|Yr Published:||Sept. 1999|
|Publisher:||Hill & Wang|
On a frigid Sunday night in January 1856, a twenty-two year old Kentucky slave named Margaret Garner gathered up her family and raced north, toward freedom. When capture was at hand, Margaret turned on her children with a knife rather than see them returned to a life of slavery. Her child-murder electrified American society, and it led to the country's longest, most spectacular fugitive-slave trial. Garner's story inspired numerous fictional treatments (including Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Beloved), but Stevenn Weisenburger is the first nonfiction writer to tackle this astonishing story. His dramatic tale also provides a nuanced portrait of the not-so-genteel Southern culture of slavery and its destructive effect on all who lived with it and in it.