Thursday, October 30, 2008

Alexis De Tocqueville: neo-Confederate revisionist

So the Negro [in the North] is free, but he cannot share the rights, pleasures, labors, griefs, or even the tomb of him whose equal he has been declared; there is nowhere where he can meet him, neither in life nor in death. In the South, where slavery still exists, less trouble is taken to keep the Negro apart: they sometimes share the labors and the pleasures of the white men; people are prepared to mix with them to some extent; legislation is more harsh against them, but customs are more tolerant and gentle.

-Alexis De Tocqueville, "Democracy in America", Harper & Row, 1966, p.343.

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