Monday, December 7, 2009

Poor Soldiers

"A renter had no chance to save anything," remonstrated William Beard, "slave holders were the only men that could make enough money to do anything."

William Eskew complained that "Th[e]re was no chance for a young foreman for his wages was so low... [He Was] discouraged by the Slaveholders."

George V. Payne even accused the planter class of keeping the poor down "so they could make slaves of them,” and A.J. Ferrell wrote with bitterness: "if [the wealthy] had not owned slaves as a working man I... could have secured better wages."

Fred A Bailey, “Class and Tennessee's Confederate Generation,” The Journal Of Southern History Volume LI, No.1 (February 1985): 36.

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