A superbly researched recounting of the controversial 1856 Margaret Garner case, which inspired Toni Morrison's Beloved, can be found in Modern Medea: A Family Story of Slavery and Child Murder from the Old South. University of Kentucky professor Steven Weisenburger, the author, explores the moral questions posed by slavery with his artfully crafted analysis of this antebellum tragedy stemming from the decision of Garner, a fugitive slave, to kill her children rather than permit them to endure the agony of bondage.

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