The book beloved is based off of a story about an African-American slave, named Margret Garner, who escpaed slavery during 1856 in Kentucky. She accomplished this by fleeing to Ohio which at that time was a free state. She and her children were retreieved under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Margret murdered her 2 year old daughter so she wouldn't be captured. Sethe, the main character, killed her 3 children when people came to return her to her owner. A women presumed to be her daughter, who was named Beloved, returned years later to to haunt Sethe's home.