• I was broken in body, soul, and spirit. My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed in upon me; and behold a man transformed into a brute!

    Frederick Douglass (2016). “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave”, p.60, Xist Publishing