Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Revealing glimpse into American attitudes of the times

A strange mix of of media spin and racial attitudes on both sides...

"Picayune Butler" reports to Lincoln’s Secretary of War the gratifying intelligence that he has made prizes at Hampton of sixty thousand dollars worth of negroes.

He finds the “bucks” very useful in camp work, but wants instructions to the disposition which he shall make of the women and the children, who eat their rations and do no service in payment.

The "philanthropic" Yankee ought to be willing to feed the "poor slave" for nothing, seems to us.

- "Negro Stealing", Mobile Advertiser & Register, June 11, 1861, Page 2.

1 comment:

MSimons said...

The Pure North was not a loving as they want to protray in most History Books toward former slaves.