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Gendered ResistanceWomen, Slavery, and the Legacy of Margaret Garner$
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Mary E. Frederickson and Delores M. Walters

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037900

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037900.001.0001

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“Freedom Just Might be Possible”

“Freedom Just Might be Possible”

Suraj Kali’s Moment of Decision

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(p.135) Chapter 6 “Freedom Just Might be Possible”
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Gendered Resistance
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Jolene Smith

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037900.003.0007

This chapter focuses on Suraj Kali's story of liberation. Unlike in the past, there are now social movements of sufficient strength in at least some parts of the world that are making more and more liberation stories possible, encouraging more and more leaders of resistance like Suraj Kali to demand freedom for themselves and others, despite great risk. Thus, in stark contrast with Margaret Garner's, Suraj Kali's story best illustrates how similar acts of personal struggle can have strikingly different consequences, depending on whether they happen within the context of a wider movement that is demanding change and whether that movement is successful at a given time. This contrast illuminates additional reasons to stand in awe of the risks and sacrifices made by individuals who preceded or built the foundation for movements that followed them.

Keywords:   Suraj Kali, liberation, social movements, Margaret Garner

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