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...Margaret had pushed through the onlookers and through the pikes and halberds of the encircling guards to hug him, and then after leaving had rushed back to kiss again, before being separated. Such defiance of authority and convention won the daughter the father's highest and last praise. Margaret got More's hair shirt with the letter; on her own she managed to retrieve his head from its pole on London Bridge.
Sir Thomas More at Today in Literature


Bicycling to JWDC
"My grandfather declared that a girl can't go to school but when I was 12 or 13 1 watched other girls going to school and I begged my mother until she let me go. But then the other students only made fun of me saying "So big and only in grade one!" For two or three days a week I studied until grade 3. Then news went around that boys and girls who attended school were making love marriages. I was fifteen and my mother again forbade me to go to school, and at sixteen my parents arranged my marriage.

At my husband's house I did the housework always worrying that they might beat me. My husband was only studying and helping his father
with his government job. When his father died he had no work but an uncle gave him land in another village. He spent a long time away. I was twenty-one and pregnant. I had no idea that in that village he made another marriage.

After my son was born I stayed with my parents. A few times they bought clothes and made special foods because news came that my husband was coming for me, but he never did. Then I was determined to go visit him. But my father said,' He hasn't come for you , how can you go alone? Everyone will say, 'What kind of a father are you -- letting your daughter go alone to such a husband'. I said, 'Why shouldn't I go? A year has passed since I've seen my husband'. So I was traveling with my younger brother when a woman stopped me and said, 'Where are you going? Don't you know your husband has taken another wife? You can go, but no good will come of it.'"
Heera Karna
Janakpur Women's Development Center

Updated and reconfigured: Kirifuri Fall at Kurokami-yama in Shimotsuke Province
detail 1, 2, 3
Asian Art


Bell Rack

found in the thicket near the head of Pidgeon Creek, Greenville, Butler County, Alabama. The iron collar was closed by a bolt which is gone. A belt went around the waist and through the loop. A bell (which is also gone) was hung from the hook at the top, above the Negro's head. The hook served the purpose of keeping the slave in the highways and open places as it would catch on the limbs in case he tried to run away through the woods. This "rack" was a very exceptional punishment.
Presented by Mr. Claude Hudson and Mr. Fitzpatrick, 1905
Caption on item: Bell rack showing inscription.
It was believed to have been used by an ingenious slave owner to correct the run-away habits of some unusually persistent wanderer. In some quarters credence is given to the theory that it was a memento of early Spanish occupation rather than a relic of plantation slave days.
Litt Young, Marshall (with slave-horn)
[caption misascribed to 01222]
Receipt for $250.00 as payment for Negro [wo]man, January 20, 1840
Oath of Amnesty:
...I will in like manner, abide by and support all laws and proclamations which have been made during the existing rebellion with reference to the emancipation of slaves, So help me God.
Barber County Alabama 1865
Portraits of African American ex-slaves from the U.S. Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers' Project slave narratives collections

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