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James Redpath, The Roving Editor: or, Talks with Slaves in the Southern States. 15 1 Browse Search
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ond without her certificate of freedom. She was arrested, kept in prison forty days, and then sold into perpetual bondage, for the Southern crime known as being at large! How long, O Lord, how long? How long, O North, how long? 6. All assemblages of colored men, consisting of more than five persons, are illegal, and severely punished by the administrators of Southern in-justice. This ordinance is strictly enforced. 7. Women of color are compelled to endure every species of insult. White boys often spit on their dresses as they are going to chapel; and when they meet a colored female out of doors after sunset, they conduct themselves still more grossly. These are a few — a very few — of the outrages which the colored freeman is expected to endure and does submit to in the civilized, theologized, church-studded city of Richmond, in the middle of the nine-teenth century. Strange — is it not? Yet, in the free States of the North, the name of Abolitionist is frequently used<
at work till dey die. Are the wives of slaves respected as married women? No, mass'r, dey don't make no diff'rence wedder de colored women is married or not. White folks jest do what dey have a mind to wid dem. His tone was bitter as he spoke these words. There was an ominous light in his eye — the precursor, probably (I colored people looked much younger than they are. What is that owing to, do you know? Well, mass'r! said he, I dink it's kase dey's 'bliged to live temperate. White folks has plenty ob money, and da drinks a good deal ob liquor; colored people kent drink much liquor, kase da hasn't got no money. Drinkina, mass'r, remarked ther rich women of another race those services that would brighten their own gloomy life-pathway. They may, perhaps — who knows?--have still sadder reflections. White and negro hospitality. Travelling afoot, and looking rather seedy, I did not see any of that celebrated hospitality for which the Southerners are perpetually pr
r, was sold by Sam. Campbell to a man in Clay county, and lives there yet. Mahala, my oldest sister, was given to Mr. Green White, who was married to Mary Ann Campbell. She got married after she went home with them. She had five children by here Brown, was driven out — of the house some three or four years before she was sold; he belonged to another master, and Mr. White did not like him about his house. I know nothing about Joe; his wife was sold somewhere up in Andrew county, and I havnothing of her since. I do not think she has ever seen her children from that time. I know that four of them are with Mr. White yet, and that she is not there; and that, about two months after she was taken away, her oldest boy, Henry, was sold doould do it. Soon after this quarrel, he went to Pennsylvania to see his folks and his wife placed me in the care of Mr. White, her brother-in-law. They treated me like a lady, excepting that they watched me like a dog. They were afraid that I w