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Old 30th June 2007, 01:25 PM
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I wrote this in another forum. I am coming to think that the nameless female might have been a Negro Wench. I have found several articles on the subject. Wench is actual a name too . . .

In Alex Haley?s Roots, Kunta Kinte was in love with Fanta, a girl from his village. He ran away to see her. And when he found her, she said she was now the Master?s Wench. What is a wench? During the 1700s, a Negro Wench was a servant girl who was often a woman and a slave for life. This interpretation of the word was taken from an advertisement printed on 4 May 1795. In the advertisement, the healthy slave was skilled in farming and kitchen work. The older word wenchel was shorten to wenche in c.1290. It was a name for a girl or young women. However, in reference to a servant girl, by 1362, it was being used as a term for a mistress. And in 1599, the verb suggested ?to associate with common women.? After all, birds of a feather flock together. Haley most likely was suggesting that Fanta was a mistress which coincided with Kizzy?s life with the chicken farmer. How Haley determined dispositions is beyond me? However, I view my family as being more cooperative than radical. And I think it is a clue to how families come together. As Haley suggested, we must be careful when examining disposition within a family as we can see when we compare slave Kinte with freeman Chicken George.
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