drapetomania

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drapetomania

a mania for running away.
See also: Escape, Manias
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what longings after freedom took possession of his breast, and how his misery augmented, in proportion as he grew reflective and intelligent,--thus demonstrating that a happy slave is an extinct man
Bestowing a word of promise here and a smile there, a whisper on one happy slave and a wave of the hand on another, Monseigneur affably passed through his rooms to the remote region of the Circumference of Truth.
In this illustrated study, author Doty (curator of numismatics, National Museum of American History, Behring Center, Smithsonian Institution) analyzes the images of daily life, families, tradesmen, and happy slaves on these bank notes to show how they helped construct a national identity.