CarlettaCarringtonWilson

  literary and visual works 



Series: field notes

INearly, ninety percent of enslaved persons emerged out of a state of enslavement, illiterate. Those who had a modicum or capacity to read or write were acquainted with books, writing and reading by their access to masters, mistresses and other Europeans.  People who found themselves on isolated plantations did not fare well.  That, and the laws against the teaching of reading or writing made literacy an immposibility.  In field notes, lines of imaginary letters are constructed out of twisted paper.  The "letters" are signed by an X, the universal signature of an illiterate person  Just because people could not deciper written language did not mean that they lacked the ability to "read" the world in which they were held captive.

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