Antebellum America was a time of reform. Black Americans were enslaved in the southern states of the country and women were considered inferior to men. Religious, legal, and societal traditions were used to position women below the rank of man. Women were not allowed to own property, earn a college education, hold decent paying job and were often raped and physically abused by their husbands. Slave women were bred like cattle and often sexually abused by their owners. While a system of patriachry prevaded society. Women of different rank and class experienced it in different ways. Choose one of the avatars below to begin the game...
18 years old
Charleston, South Carolina
25 years old
Black Woman slave
Utica, New York
20 years old
Upper Class SocialiteYou are a black seamstress born into slavery on a plantation in South Carolina. Your master, an aristocratic elite, sent you here to accompany his mistress to a summer home in Charleston. You are a handy caretaker and a hard worker. At first sight, you are awestruck at Charleston's busy streets, resembling a wave of mix colors. It was a Saturday morning on August 16th, 1845 and the markets were engulfed in customers. You and your mistress had plenty of time to explore the area before going home. However, there seemed to be a commotion around the corner.
Would you like to...
[[Ignore it and keep looking at all the shops]]
[[Ignore it and go back into your carriage to go to your new house]]
[[Find out what the noise is all about]]It is October 21, 1835. You just found out that your friend Mary-Lou Curtis, is newly engaged. You decide to walk to her house to congratulate her. While you are walking down Bleecker Street, you notice a crowd outside of the Second Presbyterian Church. As you get closer you realize that it is an abolitionist convention called the Utica Convention. Your curiosity rises and you head into the crowd. A woman hands you a piece of literature that reads:
“The whole American people are bound together by common interests and obligations, and it would seem as if a righteous providence has doomed that we shall speedily be all free or all slaves together.”
You have the option to either
[[continue on to congratulate your friend]]
[[change your plans for the day and walk into the Utica Convention.]]It is July 14, 1849, you are a 18 year old, lower class woman from Windon, Pennsylvania. It is a regular evening, you are helping your mother prepare dinner for the whole family. Your father Benjamin Baker, arrives home from work and immediately asks you and your mother to sit down and listen to an urgent matter he must discuss. He tells you and your mother that his business is failing because of the amount of debt he is in and will have to file for bankruptcy. You and your family will be forced to leave your home and live on the streets if nothing is done. Your father then tells you an acquaintance of his has contacted him and offered to help his business from filing for bankruptcy; but, with the condition of marriage, to you. Your father demands for you to marry Adam Wallace, a plantation owner from South Carolina.
[[You refuse the marriage and instead look for work]]
[[You obey your father and accept the marriage]] You arrive at Mary-Lou's home and you congratulate her on her new engagement. Her and her new fiancé are happy to see you but they were just on their way out. Mary-Lou explains that her husband is joining a group that will protest the Abolitionist convention that you passed earlier. You are hesitant but they insist and decided to [[Go with Mary-Lou and her fiance ]]. As you walk into the church you notice anti-slavery literature being passed around. Just as you start hearing the speech being giving by an abolitionists you hear a chanting crowd in the distance growing louder and louder. There chanting is coming from a group of men protesting the convention. As they storm the church they are distroying literature and damaging church property. You see one of the intruders violently grab an abolitionist by coat and this scares you. You turn around and run out of the church. As you stand out front in the street catching your breath you see that man come out unscathed except for a torn coat. You are still a little afraid but when you hear a woman shouting Abolitionist and women’s rights rhetoric you decide to approach her. She introduces herself as Lucinda. You are disappointed that you didn't get to hear very much at the convention and Lucinda has all of the answers you were looking for. She enlightens you about the abolitionist movement and introduces you to Women's Rights. This new knowledge sparks your interest and you decide to befriend Lucinda. As your friendship blossoms, you start to understand why Lucinda is so passionate about wanting women to gain the right to vote, own property, and run for office.
Years later, Lucinda introduces you to a woman named Lucretia Mott. Mott informs you of her upcoming plans to hold the first Women’s Rights convention in [[Seneca Falls]], NY.
You walk down the shops and notice many indentured servants and black female vendors. The master's wife wants you to buy flowers for the new home, you then must
[[Talk to a female vendor]].On the way home, down main street, you notice a a grand mansion.
You decide you want to:
[[Stop and ask whose house it belongs to]]
[[Mind your own buisness]]
You followed the noise with your mistress and find a group of white folks surrounding a white Evangelical preacher. You listen to a preacher and he talks about the duties/ responsibilites of a woman. He expresses that a woman must be pure, domestic, and obediant to protect her innoncence. You felt uncomfortable because these words werent meant for you. To them, you were seen as a used tool.
You then start to
[[Remember your religious life]]
You walk up to the old female vendor selling flowers, you end up chatting for awhile and find out that the lady is a free black woman. She begins to speak of her past and says
"Yes ma'am, I was a house woman,cooked and washed, not ashamed, I was real freindly with my master, he gave me freedom, now it's harder for you young folks. Takes more than just the kindnesss of your master. The court is one scary place cause you wont get nothin unless you stop your own kin. Yes I stay here cause my youngins aint free, so I hope one day I could buy them.
After recieving this info, you then begin to:
[[Remember your family life]]
[[Ignore it and go back into your carriage to go to your new house]] Your mistress was filled with excitement when she noticed the mansion, so she commanded to stop the carriage. She begins to speak to you and says
"My dear, that is John C. Calhoun's living quarters. He is our current Democratic senator and previous vice president. What an honor it must be to live so close."
Personally, you despise the democratic party since they did not support the abolitionist movement. After your mistress admired the mansion for a time, she decides to:
[[go to the Ashley River port]]
[[go home]] After a long day traveling down the streets, your mistress decides to
[[go home]]The next day, you wake up early in the morning to look for work. You start applying to local factories, but no luck. The wages were too low and not lucrative. It is night and you’re walking home and a man approaches and offers you work. You are desperate and in need of money because you don't want to marry a man you don't love. The man insists you follow him to show you where he works, so you do. You then arrive and realize this man works for a brothel and the work being offered to you is prostitution.
[[You walk out of the brothel immediately]]
[[You take the job, easy money]]You move to Newport, South Carolina to meet your future husband, Adam Wallace. Once you arrive to his plantation you realize that the man you're about to marry is a 35 year old, frail man. Mr Wallace keeps his promise and helps your father's business from going bankrupt. You're set to marry him in a few days and convert to the evangelical church.
[[You marry and convert to the evangelical church]]You have now runaway and you can't go back home because your father will never allow it. You then realize you have no power,money and property so there is nowhere to go. You go back to your fiancee and convert to the Evangelical church and marry Adam Wallace. You become a good wife, and mother to three children.
**GAME OVER**You convert into the evangelical church. You are taught by the church to obey your husband at all times and to be the place of rest from the toils of business. The church has praised you for being a model christian woman in your neighborhood. One year later, you're expecting your first child and you start to hear rumors about your husband's business. Instead of confronting him, you ask around your neighborhood and find out your husband's plantation is failing and he's about to marry another woman from another state. You confront him and he then tells you that it's true and that it is the only way for you and your child to live comfortably.
[[ You runaway]]
[[ You agree that it is the best choice]]You reject the idea of becoming a prostitute and walk home crying. As you walk inside your house, you see your father waiting for you with your belongings. Your father then tells you that because you refused his marraige proposal that he will no longer consider you his daughter. He tells you to leave with your few posessions that you own and to never come back.
[[You leave your home crying]]You have now become a prostitute and you're working only at night at the brothel because you don't want your parents to know the truth as to where you're receiving income. However, word gets out, your parents get word and you've brought shame upon your family. The shame of your new proffession and your family's debt are too much for your father to bare and he commits suicide. After your father's death, your mother becomes gravely ill and you're now required to work full time at the brothel to help your family financially. Five months later, you contract syphilis and die leaving your ill mother and siblings behind.
**GAME OVER**It is July 19th, 1848. As you arrive to the town of Seneca Falls, you notice the crowds pouring in. It looks as if the women's rights convention has pulled approximately 300 people into this small town for the two-day convention. You notice that almost all of the people attending the convention are upper class white women, like yourself. You see a crowd formed around a woman reading from a piece of literature out loud...
"Never will the nations of the earth be well governed until both sexes are fairly represented, and have influence, a voice, and a hand in the enactment and administration of the laws"
You feel empowered and a wave of excitement in hope of equality. You enter the Wesleyan Methodist Church and your friend, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, gets ready to give her speech. This is the first time that Elizabeth is speaking so public and this leaves you nervous and excited for her at the same time. She speaks loudly and with purpose...
"Man cannot speak for her, because he has been educated to believe that she differs from him so materially, that he cannot judge of her thoughts, feelings, and opinions by his own."
The crowd is more energized with every word that she lets come out of her mouth. The applause at the end makes you feel proud to have been apart of something so important. Lucinda invites you to have a glass of champagne with herself, Elizabeth, and their friend and fellow event leaders, Lucrecia Mott. As you start to follow, you see a black man walking to the center to make a speech.
Do you [[follow your friends to celebrate]]
[[Stay behind and see what this man has to say]]You are now with Grimke sisters learning about their stance on women’s rights activism and abolition. They tell you about their past, being raised on a plantation in South Carolina where slavery was legal. Since the beginning of their childhood, they had witnessed slavery and cruelty firsthand. These experiences were what fueled the fire for them to be activists fighting for abolition ans women's rights. You are interested in everything they have to say so you decide to join them on their life-long journey of fighting for abolition and women’s rights.
**GAME OVER**You're wandering the streets crying and a woman in her late 30s notices you and asks you why you are crying. She then offers you to stay at her home for the night. The next morning, she gives you information about a shelter nearby.
[[You go to this shelter]]You are now in front of the shelter, and you immediately notice the terrible conditions the building and the people are in. As you begin to cry once more, you notice someone walking towards you from across the street. It is your childhood friend Matilda. You then break into tears and tell her what has happened to you. After listening to your story, she then offers you to stay at her place and informs you about a clothing factory that is hiring. Your friend then recommends you to her employer and you start making enough income to move out of your friends home. After working a few months at the factory, you start to hear about women's rights convention in Westchester, PA and your friend has the money and transporation to travel there. She asks you to go with her.
[[You attend the Women's Rights Convention]]
[[You don't attend]]It is June 2nd, 1852 and you attend the Westchester Women's Rights Convention. In the convention, you start listening to other women's stories. You notice a middle aged woman walking into the center, her name is Mary Anne W. Johnson, president of Pennsylvania's Womens Committee, adressing her speech regarding about women's suffrage and encouraging the men in the convention to help them have educational and employment opportunities. You realize that you are a minority amongst the crowd of 200 people. Mary's speech inspired you to think about advocating for women's vocational rights. After leaving this convention, you realize that you also want to get involved in the Women's Rights movement.You begin to believe that you have the right to be educated and have access to jobs. You then start getting more involved in the Women's Rights movement and eventually leave your clothing factory job and get a job as a maid.
You don't attend and continue to work at that clothing factory. You now make nine shirts a week and that amounts to ninety cents per week, fifty cents for rent, leaving forty cents, or six cents per day for food, clothes and other minor items. Although you can afford these necessities you are never able to escape poverty and the poor labor conditions bring an early death upon you.
**GAME OVER**You agree that it is the best choice and watch your husband marry another woman. Your husband's business is saved and you can live comfortably with your child at his plantation in Newport, South Carolina.
**GAME OVER**Your innocence stopped you from understanding the meaning of why this was happening to you. It was until one day, when you were taken to a church, that you heard white folks defending the reason for slavery. They expressed that just as men supposedly protect women from their independence, masters protect their slaves from their own inferiority.
You come back to reality and begin to
[[continue listening to the preacher]]You remember the family you once had. As a small child your father and brother were auctioned off to pay off your master's debts. You start to remember the slave market and how mothers were stripped from their children. Thankfully you were able to stay with your mother. She gave you a skilled education, which led to your current job now.
You come back to reality and your mistress decides to
[[go to the Ashley River port]]
You've arrived at home and helped unpack your mistress's luggage. There was no time for rest since your mistress decided to throw a house warming party later in the evening. She asked you to set up the best dishware outside on the patio. As doing so, you noticed the sky turning grey. You warned your mistress that tonight might not be suitable for a gathering but she ignored your advice. You are not sure whether or not to remind her to wear warm clothing. However you did not want to annoy your mistress with such unimportant information.
You decide whether to
[[go to the Ashley River port]]
[[Continue on with preparations]]
Your mistress wanted to see the ocean. She brings you along to the Ashley River port stating that you need to get supplies for a Tea Party that she will be hosting at the new house. On a hot summer day, your mistress decides to take a look around the shops for a new dress. She decides she wants to make a fish dinner, so she sends you across to a fishery. As you are walking back from the fish market, you see a boat unloading on the docks. It was obviously a slave trade ship because the cargo was a line of stolen black boys in bondage. Most likely they were stolen from their families in the North.
You decide to [[investigate]]As she continued listening, you did not agree to any of the words the preacher spoke. However, these white women oblidged to do mens bidding by God. Anger filled your thoughts because your people were treated like cattle, and were meant for sexual and physical labor. You couldn't stand to listen to the white man any longer. You then decide to
[[Eavesdrop on other people around you]]
[[Notice a foreign shop owner beckoning you to come closer]]You noticed 2 elderly white women seeming extremely focused on their converstaion.
"I do not feel safe Beatrice. We placed good laws for good reasons on these blacks. Yet they drink liquor, ignore curfew, and own jobs. To even have the audacity to open an all black church! What has come of Charleston, do they not remember the conspiracy of 1822."
You heard about the Denmark Vesey Conspiracy. He was a free man who fought for our cause, yet caught before anything could be resolved. Laws were added after from fear of rebellion. Even so, it seems Charleston doesn't play by the rules.
Your mistress is done listening to the preacher and decides to [[go home]] He whispers "Guten Tag, my name is Hans Kiefer and unlike these southern Americans, I make business by any means necessary. If you need anything, just come to me, don't fear my white skin, I am a German foreigner and I don't agree with owning slaves. Das Lebewohl."
You were shocked by how direct the shop owner was. You start to think you might like it here in Charleston.
All of a sudden, you hear a scream and turn around to see a black woman on the ground, bloody and beaten. An officer was standing over her saying
"You dare talk about those antislavery fanatics! Their nothing but rash, violent, and anti-christian n***** lovers"
He continued to whip her...On second thought, Charleston is like any other slave state.
Your mistress doesn't want to be around such rowdy commotion, so she decides to [[go home]] .You finally finished preparations! Your mistress' white elite friends decide to finally arrive to the event. They were seated out onto the patio and you were instructed to bring out food for all the guests. You decide to either:
[[Easedrop on conversations]]
[[Decide to go back into the kitchen]]
You've moved towards the boat and come across a sailor in a captains' uniform. You both were watching the boys being taken most likely to a slave auction. He noticed you close by and says
"Do you want your freedom miss?"
You were taken back and said
"Of course sir, any slave in their right mind would wish for such a thing!"
He whispers "Then meet me at the last boat, on the dock, in 10 minutes. We leave as soon as possible. If you are brave enough for this journey."
Your mind was buzzing with fear and excitement from this sudden encounter. You did not know if you would receive another opportunity quite as easy as this one, so you decide to:
[[Go back to your mistress out of fear]]
[[Briskly walk to the last boat on board]]
After hearing such news, you didn't want to get caught because you've seen what they've done to runaways. Runaways have been hung, whipped, and even been sent to the deep south where there has been no return. You mistress is now done shopping and you both get back into the carriage to return home and [[Continue on with preparations]] .You were easily able to walk onto the boat. The sailor was on board and begins to speak to you. He states
"Quickly! Hide under the deck, you must not be seen until we make it out towards open ocean. I am a friend of David Ruggles and the committeee of vigilance. If we make it to Maryland at the safe house, you'll be on your way towards freedom in New Hampton".
As you are trying to hide fast enough, your boat either:
[[Gets caught before setting sail]]
[[Sets sail]]BUMMER!!! YOU ARE NOW CAUGHT TRYING TO ESCAPE!!
You are taken back to the port and are placed in the center of the town. You are being whipped in front of your mistress as the sailor was already hung for treason. The injuries were so severe that they became infected and you DIE!
**GAME OVER**As you hide under deck, you notice other fugitive slaves on board. The boat has made it onto open ocean, and begins to take route towards Maryland. As you spend a week on this ship, the sailor talks about his friend, David Ruggles. He sounds like a brave abolitionist who still fights against kidnappers, despite his old age. You are excited and scared to finally recieve your freedom.
**ONE WEEK LATER**
You arrive in Maryland, yet your safety is not secure yet. You still have to reach the safe house without being noticed. You notice white officers on the new port scouting for fugitive slaves. As you try to get off board you are now:
[[Caught by officers]]
[[Escaping past authorities]]BUMMER!! YOU ARE NOW CAUGHT TRYING TO ESCAPE!!
The white officers begin to whip you for escaping. They resold you back to the deep south where you now work on a plantation for the rest of your life. SORRY, your life is now over.
**GAME OVER**You make it to the safe house by blending into the high population of black slaves. They give you food and shelter, where they explain the next steps to take towards a new ship that will lead you to another safe house in New Hampton. You must look for Basi Dorsey once you arrive.
After receiving friendly support, you make it onto the next ship and
[[Set sail towards New Hampton]]
**YAY!!!!!!! YOU'VE MADE IT INTO A FREE STATE!!!!**
After setting sail, you met Basi Dorsey, and she guided you towards a safe house on Nonotuck Street. She talked about the black community that you are currently in. Extremely famous abolitionist such as Sojourner Truth and David Ruggles live in this community. However, they are currently at a convention in New Bedford, Massachusetts. You are eternally grateful to all those who helped you find freedom. It was so inspirational that you decide to join the antislavery fight.
**GAME OVER**Your mistress' friends begin to talk about how Charleston is a wonderful vacation spot. One woman then begins to express her true feelings about the lifestyles in Charleston.
"I do like it here, however, I noticed that these houses are not segregated. In addition, I overheard that the city gives more black folks jobs than the working white class. I find that preposterous! It's not safe giving the blacks so much freedom."
Another woman speaks
"You know our chairman,Petigru, is investigating the all black church called Calvery to see whether or not that it may be an advantage to the common wealth."
Another woman says
"Well I'm sure women in the north would agree to all of this. How un-Christian of them to speak out in public as they do!"
Hours later, as the party begins to end, you notice your mistress coughing and decide to
[[Make her some tea and go to bed]]
As the party begins to end, you notice your mistress coughing. You decide to ignore it and go to sleep.
As you wake up Sunday morning, you begin to make preparations for breakfast before heading to church. You walk into your mistress's room and notice she is still in bed, looking sick and unable to move. You are unable to call a doctor because it is Sunday so you must take care of her yourself. You come to the conclusion that her sickness is getting worse every minute and you start to take action.
**ONE WEEK LATER**
Your mistress is still very sick, but thankfully you were there to heal her back to health. She learns that you were responsible for her recovery.
"I can't give you freedom, It would be an impossible task with the courts involved. However, I'll sign a self purchase agreement and I'll make it cheap. So you may earn your wages and buy your freedom."
After granted permission from your mistress, you worked many jobs and finally was able to buy your freedom. She signed a paper to validate your freedom. You decide to leave Charleston and move north.
**GAME OVER**As you wake up Sunday morning, you begin to make preparations for breakfast before heading to church. You walk into your mistress's room and notice she is still in bed, looking sick and unable to move. You are unable to call a doctor because it is Sunday so you must take care of her yourself. You come to the conclusion that her sickness is getting worse every minute and you start to take action.
**ONE WEEK LATER**
Your mistress is still very sick, but thankfully you were there to heal her back to health. She learns that you were responsible for her recovery.
"I would give you your freedom but that would be cruel and un-human. How could you support yourself. I would pity leaving you with such an awful future. It would also be unfair to white folk to give you work instead of aiding their needs."
You were angry with her decision because you know it was just an excuse so she wouldn't be judged by her friends. You continue to be your mistress' slave and return back home with her once the summer ends.
**GAME OVER**When you arrive at Utica Academy there is a mob formed of eighty angry men and ready to march over to the Second Presbyterian Church to protest the Utica Convention that you passed earlier. The crowd pushes you and your friend Mary-Lou out of the cluster and you’re left trailing behind. The mob invades the church and you hear shouting from the bottom of the steps. A man with a torn coat escapes the church while quickly examining the damage that the mob has brought upon him. Anti-Abolitionists then joined the streets to celebrate their success and you notice a man walking towards you. His name is Samuel Beardsy, he proudly informs you that he is a Democratic Representative in the United States Senate and the head of the Anti-abolitionist mob. He starts bragging about the anti-slavery literature they had just destroyed and the amount of damage his mob enacted on the church. Samuel Beardsy is fond of you and asks if you are interested in joining him to a dinner party he is hosting at his house in the Maryland countryside. You also overhear a woman behind you telling her fellow abolitionists about a Women’s Rights Movement.
[[You have to option to join Senator Beardsy in the Maryland countryside]]
[[Refuse his offer and talk to the abolitionist woman about Women’s Rights]]
Senator Beardsy owns a mansion in Upstate Maryland that is run by slaves. He is an unapologetic slave owner who believes that abolition will result in a rise in crime and turn our country into a dystopia. Your parents will not let you travel alone and insist that your cousin, Freddrick accompany you. As you arrive, you notice that a few other guests are entering the house, all are white upper class and predominantly male. Once you enter the parlor a young slave offers you a glass of champagne. You notice that she is around the same age as you are, you ask her her name and she whispers Cecilia and walks away quickly. The house butler announces that another guest has arrived, when Beardsy’s newest guest walks into the room he introduces himself as George Fitzhugh. Cecilia announces that dinner is being served in the dining hall. Fitzhugh and Beardsy start talking about the Anti-Abolition riot that was held during the anti-slavery rally and you notice Cecilia leaning in closely while refilling champagne glasses to overhear any news. Fitzhugh has a lot of ideas about slavery that you haven’t heard before, as he first makes the case that slavery is more humane than abolition you are hesitant. As he describes slavery as “ a gentle system designed to “protect” the inferior black race and promote social harmony” you start to wonder if abolition is the right cause to support, you don’t know much about slavery and you do notice the impoverished suburbs of New York growing on your trips to the city. Dinner concludes and you hear a loud and disturbing noise behind you. When you turn around you notice that Cecilia has accidentally dropped a tray full of soiled linens from the table, Fitzhugh notices too but walks past the young girl and heads to the balcony to get some fresh air.
[[You decide to help Cecilia pick up the linens]]
You decide to get some fresh air out on [[the balcony]] as wellYou approach the woman who is shouting Abolitionist and women’s rights rhetoric and she introduces herself as Lucinda. She teaches you about the abolitionist movement and women’s rights. This new knowledge sparks your interest and you decide to befriend Lucinda and she enlightens you on issues such as a woman’s right to vote, property rights, and the ability to run for office.
Years later, Lucinda introduces you to a woman named Lucretia Mott. Mott informs you of her upcoming plans to hold the first Women’s Rights convention in [[Seneca Falls]], NY.As you start picking up the linens Cecilia insists that you stop helping her. You were born in a time and place where you are not used to interacting with slaves other than what you’ve read in literature, you aren’t sure what the protocol is. You insist and tell Cecilia that you are happy to help. Beardsy notices your interactions with the young slave girl and demands that Cecilia stop pestering you. You realize now that you may get Cecilia in trouble by helping her and apologize for any trouble that you have caused. Cecilia looks to the front parlor and nods her head in that direction. Its a signal, she wants to talk with you in private. You wait until your cousin Freddrick has started a conversation and you slip away to the parlor and wait patiently for Cecilia’s next signal. She asks if you can meet her by the pond out back when senator Beardsy retires to his bedroom, do you nod in [[agreement]] or tell her no and head out to [[the balcony]]. You follow your friends and after a toast to the sucess of the convention, they pull out a document and ask you if you'd like to sign it. It reads "Declaration of Sentiments" in bold letters, you go on to read...
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
Elizabeth Cady Stanton hands you a quill dripping with fresh ink. You proudly sign the document and put into motion a life dedicated to enlightening others about Women's Rights and suffrage.
**GAME OVER**You have come across Frederick Douglass speaking about how women were born with equal rights to men. "It was hers before she comprehended it. It is inscribed upon all the powers and facilities of her soul, and no custom, law or usage can ever destroy it." After hearing his speech you are inspired and speak to him afterward to listen to more of what he has to say. He informs you that there are many women that also focus on these topics of women's rights, such as the Grimke sisters. "They are the image of feminine strength guided by strong faith and personal beliefs," he tells you. He gives you their addresses so that you can get in contact with them to hear more about their activism. You are excited to meet them and hear what they have to say, so right away, you [[head over]].You return to the dinner party and try to hide your nerves as you begin to engage with other guests. When your cousin retires to the guest quarters, you tell Senator Beardsy that you must retire as well since your chaperone is off to bed. You wait for Frederick to turn out his light and you sneak downstairs and slip out the back door. Once you arrive at the pond Cecilia is there waiting. She knows that she is taking a big risk and is trembling more than you have ever seen before. Cecilia informs you that she has a husband and children that have escaped from slavery and are living as free citizens in New York City. She is eager to be reunited with them and asks for you to help bring her to freedom. You are hesitant, you know what happens to people who interfere with a slave and their owners and you are not sure that Cecilia's freedom is worth risking your own. You sit there for a minute, silent, and Cecilia anxiously awaits your next decision. You tell her that you've brought a large truck along with you on your journeys. You could dump the garments you have packed into the forest and hide Cecilia inside. She would have to be completely silent once picked up to be loaded onto the carriage. Frederick would turn you both in if he found out. Cecilia is grateful and you agree to meet in your room tomorrow before sunrise. You sneak back in to your room but there is too much adrenaline running through your body to fall asleep. It feels like two days have past before you hear Cecile’s secret knock. You slowly open your door to let her in and show her her hiding spot for the long journey. You empty the fruit basket in your room into the trunk and Cecilia hops inside. Two slaves come up to your room to carry your belongings and the trunk down to the buggy. After a nerve racking journey, you have made it home safely. Cecilia has survived the journey as well. The next night you wait until your parents are sleeping and you sneak Cecilia out to the street. You have sucessfully been a conductor to free a slave. You decide to join the abolitionist movement, decide against marraiage, and live off of your family trust and estate the rest of your life.
**GAME OVER**When you walk out on the balcony you walk up to Beardsy and Fitzhugh talking about a plan to create anti-abolition propaganda. Fitzhugh notices you and invites you in the conversation. Beardsy then retires off into his bedroom and you and Fitzhugh talk for another couple of hours. He is older than you but you find him handsome and charming. He is smitten with you and after two months of courting you, he proposes marriage. Once you marry MR. Fitzhugh, he legally gains rights to all of your property and assets. Since you have no way to regulate the number of children you are having and there are no laws around consensual sex within a marriage, you bare 6 of his children and endure 3 miscarriages. Fitzhugh is a religious man and you are bound to the subservient laws of womanhood that the bible preaches. You are now forbidden to speak in public or defy your husband. Your husband continues to write anti-abolition essays and through you both continue to profit off of slavery. You live a very submissive life and die from complications with childbirth at the age of 37 in your home.
**GAME OVER**You have now left your husband's plantation and you're wandering the streets. As you're walking you start realizing you have nowhere to go. Your parents won't permit you to stay with them and you have no money or property to live independently. You then decide to go back to your husband because that is the only option. You arrive home to find out that your husband has left you to marry the other woman. You've been allowed to stay in the plantation to live alone for the rest of your life, while he lives in another state with his other wife.