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    PREFACE.   Table of Contents     INTRODUCTION.

Albert, Octavia V. Rogers
The House of Bondage

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CONTENTS.

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CHAPTER I.

CHARLOTTE BROOKS

Causes of immorality among colored people--Charlotte Brooks--She is sold South--Sunday work ... 1

CHAPTER II

CHARLOTTE'S STORY.

Meeting Jane Lee from Virginia--Conversion of Charlotte Brooks ... 7

CHAPTER III

AUNT CHARLOTTE'S FRIENDS

Death of Aunt Charlotte's children--Jane Lee's master leaves the neighborhood-- Nellie Johnson tries to escape to her old Virginia home ... 4

CHAPTER IV.

CRUEL MASTERS.

Nellie Johnson is barbarously treated--Sam Wilson living in the swamps of Louisiania-- Richard's wife living on another plantation--His master refuses to allow him to visit her--Caught by patrollers and beaten almost to death ... 21

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 ... 27

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CHAPTER VI.

A KIND MISTRESS.

Death of Aunt Charlotte's mistress--Second marriage of her master --George beaten nearly to death and one of his eyes put out for being overheard talking about freedom ... 35

CHAPTER VII.

BROKEN-DOWN FREEDMEN

Aunt Charlotte splitting in Sunday-School Sims, a runaway, sleeping in the woods with rattle-snake--Eating out of trash-boxes ... 42

CHAPTER VIII.

THE CURSE OF WHISKY.

The Methodist Episcopal Church--The colored people and whisky-drinking --When the Yankees came to Louisiana--The end of Aunt Charlotte's story ... 49

CHAPTER IX.

JOHN AND LORENDO

Work to be done--John Goodwin and Lorendo, his wife--Uncle John's little brother washed away by the rain ... 57

CHAPTER X.

CONVERTED CATHOLIC

Going to church on Sunday in Georgia--Ill-treatment of Uncle John's daughter--Aunt Lorendo's second visit--Her conversion from Romanism--Her Cousin Albert to be hung--Hattie runs away and gives birth to a child in the woods ... 65

CHAPTER XI.

PRISON HORRORS.

Uncle John taking lessons--Andersonville horrors--Blood-hounds--Silas bitten by blood-hounds and eaten by buzzards ... 75

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CHAPTER XII

SALLIE SMITH'S STORY

Sallie Smith living in the woods--Death of her mother--The ill-treatment she suffered ... 86

CHAPTER XIII.

IN THE WOODS.

Aunt Sallie's cruel treatment, continued--Her brother Warren run away and joins her in the woods ... 94

CHAPTER XIV.

UNCLE STEPHEN JORDON.

Uncle Stephen sold with a calf--A Sheriff's sale in slave days--He is made to leave his wife, and children, and his master gives him another wife--He does not want the new wife ... 101

CHAPTER XV.

COUNTERFEIT FREE PAPERS.

Uncle Stephen's cabin searched and his counterfeit free papers found by the overseer --His master, about to kill him, determines to sell him--Uncle Stephen's new master--His break for freedom and capture--Sentenced to be hanged--He finally gets free ... 109

CHAPTER XVI.

UNCLE CEPHAS'S STORY.

Lizzie Beaufort determines to die rather than lead a wicked life--Oato runs away, and finally makes his way to freedom by the aid of the Underground Rail-road --Oato becomes a soldier, a senator, a congressman--How Uncle Cephas learned to read, bought himself, and became a rich and honored citizen ... 119

CHAPTER XVII.

A COLORED SOLDIER.

Colonel Douglass Wilson on the war--Color-bearer Planchiancio and Captain Caillioux--Joel Brinkley, a Yankee school-teacher, canned nearly to death ... 129

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CHAPTER XVIII.

NEGRO GOVERNMENT

Kuklux--Reign of terror--Black laws--Reconstruction --Colored men in constitutional conventions and State legislature --Lieutenant-Governor Dunn--Honest Antoine Dubucle--Negro problem--What the race has accomplished since the war--Emigration and colonization ... 138

CHAPTER XIX.

THE COLORED DELEGATES.

The Methodist General Conference of 1888--Negro delegates-- reception tendered them by Mrs. General Grant--Presentation of a Bible to Mrs. Grant--Dr. Minor's great presentation address ... 148

CHAPTER XX.

A TOUCHING INCIDENT.

Cotton Centennial Exposition of 1884--Dr. Lee's great speech --Aunt Jane Lee finds her long-lost son--The reunion ... 156


    PREFACE.   Table of Contents     INTRODUCTION.