Saidiya Hartman

Saidiya Hartman, who grew up in Brooklyn, holds degrees from Wesleyan and Yale and is on the faculty at Columbia University. She is the author of Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America, and her essays have been widely published and anthologized. The piece here is excerpted from Lose Your Mother: A Journey along the Atlantic Slave Route, an excerpt from which won the 2007 Narrative Prize. Hartman lives in New York City.

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