Some scalawag whispers that General Grant
desires to see the Negro uppermost in the State
, his hands in White
men's pockets, and his heels on White
The Negroes and Mulattoes think these scalawags speak the truth.
they cannot read and write.
As children they were slaves.
Of politics and history they know less than the most stupid Suabian boor or Wiltshire
Of moral codes and social sciences they have hardly an idea; but the poorest African
can see the difference between a cabin and a house, a full table and an empty one, a warm coat and a cotton rag, a place in the gutter and a seat in the legislative hall.
“Look,” cry the scalawags, “ at Louisiana
There you have Negro sheriffs and assessors, judges and legislators.
In New Orleans and Jackson
you have Negro Senators
, Negro Lieutenant-governors, and Federal armies keeping down the Whites.
sends Rush, to represent the coloured people in the national Capitol!
Why not unite and carry your own candidates?”
Fired by such visions Sam begins to dream of running for the State legislature.
If not so lucky as