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A Slave Is A Slave

Auhtor: Henry Beam Piper

Language: english
Published: 1962

Genres:

fiction,  science fiction,  short stories
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Review by Chandler, October 2008


Rating: (***)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Slave Is A Slave':

The Heroic Slave a Thrilling Narrative of the Adventures of Madison Washington in Pursuit of Liberty is a short piece of fiction written by famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass. When the Rochester Ladies Anti Slavery Society asked Douglass for a short story to go in their collection Autographs for Freedom Douglass responded in turn with The Heroic Slave. The novella published in 1852 by John P. Jewett and Company was Douglass first and only published work of fiction (though he did publish several autobiographical narratives). The Heroic Slave is the fictionalized story of Madison Washington. Part I opens as Madison Washington carries a heavy load through the woods lamenting his condition under slavery Mr. Listwell a free white man watches him in silence. In part II the story moves ahead five years in time and finds Mr. Listwell sitting at the table with his wife when they hear a knock at the door. Madison Washington is running from slavery and Mr. Listwell is more than willing to help him escape. As they talk Mr. Listwell tells Madison he remembers him from so many years before and asks him where he has been all of this time. Madison reveals that on the day Mr. Listwell saw him he did indeed leave his wife and children and run for his freedom. However he was unable to find his way to the north and a week later found himself back at his plantation. He met with his wife who gave him food and provision however and for five years hid in the woods. However a great fire caused Madison to lose his hiding place which is why he ran to see Mr. Listwell. Mr. Listwell gives Madison a new coat and provisions and helps him escape to Canada. In Part III Mr. Listwell is in a tavern and reveals that he has traveled 40 miles that day. As he drinks he sees a slave-gang on their way to market and is surprised to see Madison Washington among the slaves. Madison reveals that he reached Canada but he missed his wife so much that he again entered the United States to help her escape. He reached her bedroom window but he scared her so much that he woke up her master. They were then chased by the master and his dogs with his wife being shot down and murdered and him being sold with intentions of only transferring to the South. Mr. Listwell realizes theres nothing he can do for Madison in these conditions but implores the man to put his trust in God. As he is leaving however Mr. Listwell buys 3 files and 10 slips both to Madison in secret. Part III ends with Madison sailing away still in slavery. In Part IV men speak about unfortunate events that occurred about the ship Creole. Madison Washington gained the trust of all of the overseers on board and then led the slave in rebellion. Nineteen slaves survived the battle. Madison declared himself Captain of the ship which took port in Nassau. In Nassau a group of black soldiers declared that they only protected property and people were not property so the nineteen slaves became free.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Slave Is A Slave':


... and presented it. He was still standing at present arms when Trevannion blanked the screen. That still doesn't excuse a wanton and unprovoked aggression! Erskyll ...
... Empire rose to vanquish them. In the sixth Century Pre-Empire, one of their fleets had come from Morglay to Aditya. The Adityans of that time had been ...
... entrenched in their jobs, unwilling to exert any effort and afraid to invite any criticism, and living only to retire on their pensions. I've seen ...
... represented by Commodore Vann Shatrak and a seven ship battle-line unit, and two thousand Imperial Landing-Troops. When the locals had been properly ...
... but under the circumstances it was unavoidable nobody could think or talk of anything else. The discussion which he had hoped would follow the meal ...
... unarmed slaves I am sure they have never been in combat with regular troops. They have an elaborate set of training and field regulations for the sort ...
... for himself, Shat-* *rak, and Erskyll, and a number of lesser but still imposing chairs for their staffs. They took their seats. He slipped ...
... cities swarming with aircars spaceports where the huge globes of interstellar ships landed and lifted out farms and industries vast crowds ...
... Erskyll, Planetary Proconsul of Aditya, didn't realize that. He didn't even know what Javasan meant. Just free them. Commodore Vann Shatrak couldn't see ...
... for. He wanted to know how it was secured, and they didn't know what he meant, and when he tried to explain their incomprehension deepened. It seemed ...
... guided the rest of the party-a couple of Ravney's officers and Erskyll's numerous staff of advisors and specialists-to distribute themselves with their ...
... they sell it for revenue? Nifflheim, no! This government doesn't need revenue. This government supports itself by counterfeiting. When the ...
... they were having a pre-dinner drink together that evening. I hope it doesn't touch off an inflation, if the term is permissible when applied to Adityan ...
... rock fifty miles in diameter, barely visible to the naked eye. The inner, Aditya-Alif, however, was an eight-hundred-mile sphere it had once been the ...
... whose acts were either brutal or obscene and frequently both, and, more unforgivable, stupidly so. The Masterly conversation was simply stupid. He ...
... Odin for Aditya in fifteen days. The last two words erased much of the new base-admiral's pleasure. Fifteen days, great Ghu! And those tubs won't make ...
... put on another communication-screen and fiddled for a moment. What came on was a view, from another angle, of the Convocation Chamber. A voice ...
... many did we save? Count Erskyll asked. Eight hundred odd, Shatrak told him. Erskyll caught his breath. So few! Why, there were almost twelve thousand ...
... imagined property without a Masterly property-owning class. And a massacre like this would have been impossible to organize or execute. For one thing, it ...
... and robots to operate robots, and robots to supervise them, and... . No. It wouldn't quite come to that. A slave is a slave, but a robot is only a robot. ...