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Summary

Chained to the Rock of Adversity offers valuable insight into the lives of the Old South's free women of color, using personal letters and a diary to tell an extraordinary story.

The letters, from family members and friends, were written between 1844 and 1899 to Ann Battles Johnson, wife of prominent Natchez businessman William T. Johnson, and her daughter Anna, while Ann's daughter Catharine wrote the diary. A freed slave herself, Ann Johnson became the head of her family and a slaveholder before the Civil War. Her days were filled with the often tedious and sometimes overwhelming duties assigned to slaveholding women, but her race separated her from most other women of this class. The writings depict a tight-knit network of family and friends and show a family well aware of its precarious position in society, feared by most whites and resented by other blacks.

Editor Virginia Meacham Gould provides an extensive introduction, a cast of characters, identifying notes, and a brief afterword tracing the Johnson family to the present day.


Author Notes

Virginia Meacham Gould is the historian for the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
Family Members and Other Principalsp. liii
The Prewar Family Letters of the Johnson-Miller Women of Natchez and New Orleansp. 1
The Postwar Family Letters of the Johnson-Miller Women of Natchez and New Orleansp. 39
The Diary of Catharine Geraldine Johnson, 1864-1874p. 67
Epiloguep. 93
Indexp. 95

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