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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 35: the Gulf of Mexico. (search)
Texas, Louisiana is a country in which the scalawags and carpet-baggers may chance to find a majority of voters on their side. Since every Negro is a citizen and every citizen has a vote, what is to prevent this mass of coloured people from choosing a Black lawgiver and framing a Black code? United they might carry any chief and aly bill. They might have a Fanti sheriff, a Mandingo judge. Acting as one man, like a mass of Celtic voters, they might legalise in America the customs of Yam, Dahomey, and Adai. The African brain is limited in range. Oranges, massa! Hab oranges? cries a stalwart Negro in the street. How much a dozen, eh? Four for a quarter, massa, four for a quarter! Yes, the fellow asks no less than threepence each; though oranges are so plentiful at Brashear, that if he fails to sell them in the cars, he will hardly take the trouble to carry them home. A quarter for four, Sam! Why, when you have sent them all the way to London you will only ask