Motherhood and Slavery during

the 18th and 19th Centuries

"And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see -- or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read..."

-Alice Walker

This web page allows viewers to examine what it was like for slave mothers during slavery.  The courage and determination that slave mothers had was unlike that of any other person.  The women of this period were strong, resilient, courageous, and downright remarkable.  The period they lived in was terrible, however research shows that women were strong-minded and committed to their values, families, and themselves.  Slave mothers had their children taken from them and sold into slavery.  They were beaten and tortured.  They were raped, and they were degraded.  Women who lived during slavery paved the way for other women in proving that, no matter what the circumstance, a mother and a woman can do and overcome anything.  My hope is that anyone reading and examining this web page will get a better understanding for what these women went through.  Hopefully, with the new found understanding, more people will become appreciative of how brilliant and determined a slave mother was.  Enjoy!

 Table of Contents

Literary Paper

History Paper

Image Gallery

Other poems and works

Slavery Timeline

Personal Note

Works Cited