In Chains, how did Isabel's mother die?

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Chains, written by Laurie Halse Anderson, is the first novel in a trilogy that tells the story of Isabel, an eleven-year-old slave who fights for freedom—not only for herself, but for her younger sister as well. Set in New York during the Revolutionary War, the two girls were supposed to be free upon the death of their owner, Miss Mary Finch, but Miss Mary’s nephew claimed the girls as his property upon her death instead.

In the first chapter, at the funeral of Miss Mary Finch, Isabel asks to see her mother’s grave,...

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