Excerpt from The Narrative of Bethany Veney, a Slave Woman
Already, this fact in our national history is largely overlooked and to the generation now coming upon the stage of action is almost unknown.
Compared with the lives of many of her class, Betty's was uneventful. Yet in it was much of tragic adventure and tender pathos. Her endurance under hardship, her fidelity to trust, and, withal, her religious faith, commend her as a fit subject, not only to impress the lesson of Slavery in the past, but to inspire and deepen a sense of responsibility toward the wronged and perse outed race which She represents.
Beyond these considerations is this: her days have already far outrun the allotted threescore years and ten, and her natural strength is much abated. If sold, these pages may help to render her declining years easier and freer from care.
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