#SpotlightSunday – Drapetomania

Title: Drapetomania: All of the Ways in Which I Am Black
Author: Sami Arlenis-Frederick
Publisher: Independent
Genre: Poetry

About the Book

In 1851, American physician Samuel A. Cartwright determined the negro slave’s desire to flee captivity was due to a mental illness in which he titled Drapetomania. This collection of paper poems titled of the same name is black life on an anthology of white pieces of paper. These words capture the backbone of a culture and the liberation of a people.

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