Edwin lester - Anti - Aportion

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Giclee on paper - Limited /Edition 50
 21"w x 28"h

For many enslaved African Americans, one of the cruelest hardships they endured was sexual abuse by the slaveholders, overseers, and other white men and women whose power to dominate them was complete. Enslaved women were forced to submit to their masters’ sexual advances, perhaps bearing children who would engender the rage of a master’s wife, and from whom they might be separated forever as a result. Resistance brought severe punishment, often death.  In this image, it seems the woman wants a different life for her child, and is willing to risk her life by escaping.

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