Making the Best of a Bad Situation: Fashionable Slaves

I just saw “12 Years a Slave.” If you noticed, Brad Pitt played the part of a good guy. In that movie, there were very few good guys. Now we have an African American family in the White House. We’ve come a long way.

When reading about the Underground Railroad, I ran across some interesting bits of history. On occasion, Slave owners would “allow” their Slaves to work for someone else for 100 dollars or more a year. Sometimes these hard-working men and women were able to keep the money they made. When these hard-working people were seen walking through the cities of the south, in elegant clothes, strangers assumed, incorrectly, that the clothes were purchased by “indulgent masters.” Slaves who made a successful escape to the North and gained freedom, wrote letters to the UGRR committee asking if the committee could help them retrieve their clothes they’d left with friends or loved ones. Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy.

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With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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