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.
Steve Wilkins, recently co-wrote a booklet titled Southern Slavery: As It Was, a grotesque portrait of the antebellum South as a model "multi-racial society" filled with "mutual intimacy and harmony" between happy slaves and kindly masters; or that the group has officially denounced the idea that Christian white Southerners "should give control over their civilization and its institutions to another race, whether it be native blacks or Hispanic immigrants.