Thursday, March 29, 2012

Levi Coffin on Margaret Garner

This is the article I read in class. I think it's pretty cool to hear the account from someone close to the event. Although he technically did not witness the event I still think it's worth the time to read.


ParkerC said...

I think it says a lot about the effects of slavery that a mother would kill her child. I can't imagine my mom ever wanting to hurt me, even if it was for a good cause.

alyb said...

I agree with Parker. I think Morrison uses this story to specifically show the horrors of slavery. Many people believe that "there is nothing stronger than a mothers love" and that a nmother would do anything for her children even sacrifice herself so they could live. It is really saying something when a mother is willing to break this bond and kill her children. I think this scene really shows how terrible slavery was.

Ravin S said...

The effects of slavery were no doubt powerful for everyone. Not only for the black slaves, but even for the whites (as Stamp Paid points out). I think the murder of her baby, Mary, was justified for Garner, but I don't think I would have the guts to murder a child. She was very brave and courageous in her actions and I support her 100%.