Unnamed Enslaved Children 1

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Unnamed Enslaved Children 1
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Unnamed Enslaved Children 1
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In a striking parenthetical passage in both "Skirmish at Sartoris" and The Unvanquished, Bayard describes how Mrs. Compson's husband "would gather up eight or ten little niggers" from among the slaves on his plantation and shoot sweet potatoes off their heads with a rifle (62, 193). It is not clear if Bayard saw this with his own eyes, but he does add that "they would stand mighty still" (62, 193). It's also not clear which Mr. Compson this could be.