“In Slave Life in Georgia, John Brown, in his as-told-to narrative, illumines this chasm between truth and the body by elaborating the role of violence and ventriloquy in enchaining slave value. In order to penetrate the simulated revelry of the trade, he painstakingly described the New Orleans slave pen in which he was held(39):
from Scenes of Subjection by Saidiya Hartman (a rare look inside the slave pens of America)
Gee, that expectation of fortitude in the face of atrocity doesn’t seem to have left the cumulative consciousness. Think about it, in TV & movies how often do you see depictions of sad black people?