Sam Fathers' Grandmother

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Sam Fathers' Grandmother
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Unnamed Grandmother of Sam Fathers
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Enslaved Black
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Dead
Family: 
Issetibbeha|Ikkemotubbe
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Origin: 
New Orleans
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The woman introduced as "Sam's grandmother" (202, though it's possible that Faulkner meant her to be his mother) was a slave whom Ikkemotubbe bought in New Orleans, carried to Mississippi, impregnated and then compelled to marry a slave he inherits when he becomes chief of the Chickasaw clan. She is then sold by the father of her child, along with her new husband and her son, to the narrator's great-grandfather. Since that event took place, according to the narrator, "almost a hundred years ago" (203), perhaps Sam's Indian name should have been "Had-Two-Grandfathers" instead of "Had-Two-Fathers." In the 1942 version of "The Old People" in Go Down, Moses this woman is referred to as Sam's mother rather than his grandmother.

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Individual
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