Snapshot of US slavery revealed by letters on loan to University of East Anglia

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28 September 2012
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A collection of letters revealing a vivid snapshot of 19th century American slavery are coming to the University of East Anglia a

A collection of letters revealing a vivid snapshot of 19th century American slavery are coming to the University of East Anglia as part of Black History Month.

The letters were written by Sarah Hicks Williams – a young white middle-class woman who left her New York State roots to marry a slaveholder in the South.

They span the 1850s and 1860s and chart Sarah’s initial discomforts with southern living – particularly slaveholding – and her subsequent assimilation into the ‘Southern way of life’.

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