"I've heard 'Uncle Tom' read, and I tell you Mrs Stowe's pen hasn't begun to paint what slavery is as I have seen it at the far South. I've seen the real thing, and I don't want to see it on no stage or in no theater."
conductor on the Underground Railroad
Sarah Hopkins Bradford was a white abolitionist who was a fan of Harriet. When Harriet faced financial difficulties following the Civil War, Sarah wrote a biography to help support the aging hero. This biography is supposedly based on interviews with Harriet. However, Harriet's voice is clearly filtered through Sarah's. Sarah chose to represent Harriet's speech in writing by attempting to transcribe her dialect. She also significantly revised many of Harriet's "direct" quotes in a second edition of the biography. Because the dialect is not from Harriet's pen (and maybe not even from her mouth), we did not preserve it for her quotes.