Beloved Margaret Garner Case

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Beloved by Toni Morrison is based on the Margaret Garner case. In 1856, Margaret, her husband, Robert Garner, and children crossed the Ohio River from Boone County, to Cincinnati, Ohio. When slave catchers attempted to round up Margaret's family, she attempted to murder her children, succeeding in killing one child, by cutting her throat with a butcher knife. Margaret's defense attorney attempted to circumvent the Fugitive Slave Act by having his client tried for murder in the State of Ohio. The effort was unsuccessful and Margaret and her family were returned to Kentucky.

The Garner family was transported South on a steamboat, ironically named "The Liberator." After colliding with another ship, both Margaret and her other daughter were thrown

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