act of abolition, the negroes remained perfectly quiet; they had obtained all they asked for, liberty, and they continued to work upon all the plantations.1
‘There were estates,’ he says, ‘which had neither owners nor managers resident upon them, yet upon these estates, though abandoned, the negroes continued their labors where there were any, even inferior, agents to guide them; and on those estates where no white men were left to direct them, they betook themselves to the planting of provisions; but upon all the plantations where the whites resided the blacks continued to labor as quietly as before.’
says that when many of his neighbors, proprietors or managers, were in prison, the negroes of their plantations came to him to beg him to direct them in their work.
‘If you will take care not to talk to them of the restoration of slavery, but talk to them of freedom, you may with this word chain them down to their labor.
How did Toussaint
How did I succeed before his time in the plain of the Culde-Sae on the plantation of Gouraud
, during more than eight months after liberty had been granted to the slaves?
Let those who knew me at that time, let the blacks themselves be asked.
They will all reply that not a single negro upon that plantation, consisting of more than four hundred and fifty laborers, refused to work; and yet this plantation was thought to be under the worst discipline and the slaves the ’