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Chapter 13: Black ascendancy.

in the relations of her White people to the coloured race, South Carolina is the most unlucky section of America. In Louisiana the two colours are nearly balanced. Nine or ten years may turn the scale; since the European family increases while the African falls away. Even in Mississippi the majority of coloured people is not great; not more than seven Blacks to six Whites. Neither of these unhappy States is so far overweighted by her African numbers as to make contention in the ballot-boxes hopeless. In South Carolina-called the Prostrate State-the case is otherwise. Negro ascendancy is complete; the African and his bastard brother the Mulatto reign supreme.

The last census gives ten Africans to seven Europeans in the State of South Carolina. In seven

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