Chapters 2-3: Summary and Analysis
George Harris: Eliza’s husband and Harry’s father
Mr. Harris: George’s hard plantation master
A kind manufacturer: George’s employer at a factory, as yet unnamed
The two chapters here include the personal histories of George and Eliza Harris. The reader learns that Eliza had been raised from childhood by Mrs. Shelby. Eliza then met and married George, a slave on a nearby plantation. Hired out by his master, Mr. Harris, George works at a factory, in which he invents a hemp-cleaning machine. Because of George’s diligence and handiness, he becomes a favorite among his employer and fellow laborers. During this period of their lives, George...
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