am told, is now as common in the Negro swamp
, as in a Chinese street or on a Tartar steppe.
This is the true Negro Question; not such actual trifles as whether Blacks shall ride in the same cars and sit at the same tables as Whites: or such relative trifles as whether Blacks shall vote, make laws, and carry arms like Whites?
The true Negro Question in South Carolina
and elsewhere is whether, in the freedom of nature, the coloured man can live?
In servitude men are not allowed to roam.
The main step, perhaps, from savage licence into settled law, is that abridgment of personal liberty which converts a nomad into a citizen.
Some savages cannot take this step.
Can you confine an African?
In freedom everyone is master of his whim.
He comes and goes as fancy prompts-one week in Missouri
, next week in Tennessee
, a third week on the Gulf
is trying to settle some of her Arab tribes, but she has met so far with no success.
's attempt to colonize her steppe led her into serfage, and three hundred years of iron discipline were needed ere her rulers thought the
people broken of their ancient wandering