The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton. Published in 1621.
Noga Arikha describes it as “the apogee of Renaissance scholarship – at once the summa of classical learning spliced and rendered in the vernacular for the delight of its early modern audience, and a dense network of embedded quotations, a seemingly infinite set of hyperlinks.”
If the reader will now be kind enough to allow me time to grow bigger, and afford me an opportunity for my experience to become greater, I will tell him something, by-and-by, of slave life, as I saw, felt, and heard it, on Col. Edward Lloyd’s plantation, and at the house of old master, where I had now, despite of myself, most suddenly, but not unexpectedly, been dropped. Meanwhile, I will redeem my promise to say something more of my dear mother.
I say nothing of father, for he is shrouded in a mystery I have never been able to penetrate. Slavery does away with fathers, as it does away with families. Slavery has no use for either fathers or families, and its laws do not recognize their existence in the social arrangements of the plantation.
From Chapter 3 of My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass. 1855.
Melvin Dwork 1943 via MSNBC PhotoBlog. Expelled from the Navy as “undesirable”, his discharge has just been changed to “honorable”, retroactive to 1944. The Board for Corrections of Naval Records said they made the change “in the interest of justice.” That has a lovely ring to it! The SLDN believes he’s the first WW2 veteran to succeed. He will finally receive his GI benefits.
Royal Street looking south from St. Francis in Mobile, Alabama, circa 1910. Detroit Publishing Company via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive. Check out the full size image; the details are fascinating. I’ve included a few below.