drapetomania

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drapetomania

a mania for running away.
See also: Escape, Manias
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Samuel Cartwright, a specialist at the University of Louisiana, discovered a new disease, "Draptomania, or the Disease Causing Negroes to Run Away." In a now visible, now invisible struggle which continued until the end of slavery, the slaves "quietly and subtly and deliberately sabotaged the system from within.