The House of Bondage, Or, Charlotte Brooks and Other Slaves

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CHAPTER V.
GREAT TRIBULATIONS.

The death of Lena--Her dying testimony--Aunt Charlotte's
mistress ties a servant by the thumbs--She returns and
finds her dead.

"YOU remember I told you about Lena being one of our sisters in our prayer- meetings," said Aunt Charlotte.

"Yes; I recollect, I believe, a great many names you have spoken to me about every time you came talking about your past unhappy life; and I must confess to you that I have enjoyed your conversation very much. I have concluded to write the story of your life in the cane-fields of Louisiana, and I desire to write it in your own words, as near as possible."

La, me, child! I never thought any body would care enough for me to tell of my trials and sorrows in this world! None but Jesus knows what I have passed through."

"Tell me, Aunt Charlotte, about Lena."

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Publisher's Note vi
  • Foreword - In Her Own Write vii
  • A Note from the Schomburg Center xxiii
  • Introduction xxvii
  • Works Cited xlii
  • Preface xlvii
  • Contents xlix
  • Introduction liii
  • The Author lvii
  • Chapter I - Charlotte Brooks 1
  • Chapter II - Charlotte's Story 7
  • Chapter III - Aunt Charlotte's Friends 14
  • Chapter IV - Cruel Masters 21
  • Chapter V - Great Tribulations 27
  • Chapter VI - A Kind Mistress 35
  • Chapter VII - Broken-Down Freedmen 42
  • Chapter VIII - The Curse of Whisky 49
  • Chapter IX - John and Lorendo 57
  • Chapter X - A Converted Catholic 65
  • Chapter XI - Prison Horrors 75
  • Chapter XII - Sallie Smith's Story 86
  • Chapter XIII - In the Woods 94
  • Chapter XIV - Uncle Stephen Jordon 101
  • Chapter XV - Counterfeit Free Papers 109
  • Chapter XVI - Uncle Cephas's Story 119
  • Chapter XVII - A Colored Soidier 129
  • Chapter XVIII - Negro Government 138
  • Chapter XIX - The Colored Delegates 148
  • Chapter XX - A Touching Incident 156
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