Sam Fathers

Display Name: 
Sam Fathers
Sort Name: 
Fathers, Sam
AKA: 
Had-Two-Fathers
Uncle Blue-Gum
Race: 
MixedBlackIndian
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Free Black
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Born
Occupation: 
Farming
Specific Job: 
Carpenter
Date of Birth: 
Wednesday, January 1, 1817 to Friday, December 31, 1819
Biography: 

In the present action of the story, Sam Fathers is reputed to be "almost a hundred years old" (343), and he tells Quentin Compson the story of his conception and birth. Although in "The Bear" section of Go Down, Moses he is described as the "son of a Negro slave and an Indian king" (294), in this story he names his "pappy" as a more plebeian Indian called "Craw-ford" or "Crawfish-ford" (347). His mother is a married slave woman who is won by Doom on a steamboat. Although he is treated as black by whites and lives "with the Negroes" (343) in quarters of the Compson family farm, he self-identifies as Indian and is told by Doom that he does not have to go with his mother when she is sold to the Compson family "because I was a warrior too then" (345). As in Go Down, Moses, he has a higher status than most blacks as he keeps the farm house and the quarters "whole and sound" (343) and "he wouldn't jump up and go back to work when Mr. Stokes or even Grandfather came along" (344).

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