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  • Liz Jackson

    pronunciation | drap-et-O-mAn-E-a note | Drapetomania first appeared in a pseudoscientific article by an American physician in 1851 as a “mental illness” that caused black slaves to try to flee captivity. It supposedly occurred as a result of a master treating their slaves like equals. But though the first usage of the word is deeply rooted in racism, it derives simply from the Greek δραπετης drapetos, meaning “runaway (slave)”, and μανια mania My feelings of late...

  • Whitney Ferrera

    pronunciation | drap-et-O-mAn-E-a note | Drapetomania, an overwhelming urge to run away

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