Jacobs aims at racism as well as slavery.
The freedmen suffered in winter weather, and the area had an outbreak of smallpox. She begged the trader to tell her where he intended to take them; this he refused to do. He ended by saying to me, "This is the punishment she brought on herself for running away from a kind master.
All persons are forbidden, under penalty of the law, to harbor or employ said slave.
The slaveholder suspects this, and plays his game accordingly. The slaveholder showed him none of these things, and the slaves dared not tell of them if he had asked them. But what is it that makes him so?