Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion


Lack of sufficient supplies led those enslaved to sacrifice sleep in order consume food by the cover of night.

Booker T. Washington recalls in Up from Slavery (1901) that his mother would stay up late into the night to provide food for her family: "My mother, of course, had little time in which to give attention to the training of her children during the day. She snatched a few moments for our care in the early morning before her work began, and at night after the day's work was done. One of my earliest recollections is that of my mother cooking a chicken late at night, and awakening her children for the purpose of feeding them."

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