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Nikki M. Taylor Publishes "Driven Toward Madness"
History department chair Nikki M. Taylor recently published Driven Toward Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio.
The story of Margaret Garner—the runaway slave who, when confronted with capture, slit the throat of her toddler daughter rather than have her face a life in slavery—has inspired Toni Morrison’s Beloved, a film based on the novel starring Oprah Winfrey, and an opera.
Garner’s story has defied solid historical treatment and Nikki M. Taylor’s fierce, poetic history of Garner brilliantly captures her circumstances and her transformation from a murdering mother to an icon of tragedy, resistance, and motherhood.