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From the Darkness Cometh the Light

or Struggles for Freedom

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Author: Lucy A. Delaney
Language: English
Wordcount: 10,134 / 35 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.2
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 440
Added to site: 2006.02.23
mnybks.net#: 12902
Genre: Biography
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led a nigger, and replied, "You don't know nothing, yourself, about it, and you expect a poor ignorant girl to know more than you do yourself; if you had any feeling you would get somebody to teach me, and then I'd do well enough."

She then gave me a wrapper to do up, and told me if I ruined that as I did the other clothes, she would whip me severely. I answered, "You have no business to whip me. I don't belong to you."

My mother had so often told me that she was a free woman and that I should not die a slave, I always had a feeling of independence, which would invariably crop out in these encounters with my mistress; and when I thus spoke, saucily, I must confess, she opened her eyes in angry amazement and cried:

"You do belong to me, for my papa left you to me in his will, when you were a baby, and you ought to be ashamed of yourself to talk so to one that you have been raised with; now, you take that wrapper, and if you don't do it up properly, I will bring you up with a round

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