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The Hold of Slavery

Saidiya Hartman

First published online in The New York Review of Books, October 2022.

A version of this essay appears as the preface to the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America (W.W. Norton, 2022).

Cover artwork by Torkwase Dyson.