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The Story of Mattie J. Jackson Her Parentage—Experience of Eighteen years in Slavery—Incidents during the War—Her Escape from Slavery   By:

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The Story of Mattie J. Jackson is a gripping and powerful memoir that sheds light on the harsh realities of slavery in the United States. Written by Lucy S. Thompson, this book takes readers on a journey through the life of Mattie J. Jackson, a young woman who endured unimaginable hardships but ultimately found her freedom.

The book begins by delving into the early years of Mattie's life, exploring her parentage and the circumstances that led to her enslavement. Thompson's meticulous research and attention to detail provide a vivid depiction of the dehumanizing institution of slavery, making it impossible for readers to remain indifferent.

Throughout the narrative, Thompson masterfully interweaves Mattie's personal experiences with the broader historical context of the American Civil War. The author brings to life the turbulent times, illustrating the challenges faced by enslaved individuals as they navigate the complexities of war-torn America. These accounts of Mattie's experiences during the war add depth to the story and emphasize the tremendous resilience and determination exhibited by enslaved people in their fight for freedom.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this memoir is the sheer willpower displayed by Mattie. Her courage and resourcefulness shine through as she cunningly plans and executes her escape from slavery. Thompson's vivid descriptions of Mattie's journey to freedom evoke a range of emotions, from heart-wrenching fear to the exhilaration of newfound liberty.

Moreover, the author does an excellent job of highlighting significant societal issues surrounding racial identity and discrimination during this period. By sharing Mattie's struggles with her racial identity, Thompson prompts readers to reflect on the complex nature of race in America and the pernicious effects of systemic racism.

The Story of Mattie J. Jackson is a thought-provoking and illuminating account of one woman's remarkable life in the face of unimaginable cruelty and adversity. Through Thompson's impeccable research and storytelling skills, readers are transported to a time that should never be forgotten. This book not only offers a poignant exploration of the history of slavery but also serves as a reminder of the indomitable human spirit and the power of resilience.

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THE STORY

OF

MATTIE J. JACKSON;

HER PARENTAGE EXPERIENCE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS IN SLAVERY INCIDENTS DURING THE WAR HER ESCAPE FROM SLAVERY.

A TRUE STORY.

WRITTEN AND ARRANGED BY

DR. L. S. THOMPSON,

(FORMERLY MRS. SCHUYLER,)

AS GIVEN BY MATTIE.

LAWRENCE: PRINTED AT SENTINEL OFFICE, 123 ESSEX STREET. 1866.

PREFACE

The object in publishing this book is to gain sympathy from the earnest friends of those who have been bound down by a dominant race in circumstances over which they had no control a butt of ridicule and a mark of oppression; over whom weary ages of degradation have passed. As the links have been broken and the shackles fallen from them through the unwearied efforts of our beloved martyr President Lincoln, as one I feel it a duty to improve the mind, and have ever had a thirst for education to fill that vacuum for which the soul has ever yearned since my earliest remembrance.

Thus I ask you to buy my little book to aid me in obtaining an education, that I may be enabled to do some good in behalf of the elevation of my emancipated brothers and sisters... Continue reading book >>




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