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St. Louis (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
nd compelled him to carry his little baggage along with him. He threatened to cut his bowels out if he dared to return. Alone — sick — a member of an outcast race — without money — without family — and without a home in his tottering old age! Where could the wretched invalid go? He applied to the police. They took him to the jail and confined him in that putrid cell! How long, oh Lord! How long? Here my talks with the slaves on my third trip end. From New Orleans I sailed to St. Louis, and from thence to Kansas, where I lived, with brief intervals, for three years, during the civil wars and the troubles which so long distracted that unhappy Territory. About Northern travellers. With two additional extracts from my Letters, I will close this record. Why is it (it has been asked) that Northern travellers so frequently return from the South with proslavery ideas? Their conversion, I wrote, has already become an argument in favor of slavery. A Yankee renegad
Florida (Florida, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
man or a woman, as I approached them, getting off the sidewalk altogether. Another custom of the colored people down South has frequently irritated my democratic nerves. Excepting in the business streets of the far Southern cities — or in such a place as New Orleans, where there is no time to spare, and too much of the old French gentility to tolerate so despicable a practice — whenever a slave meets a Saxon--ivin, be jabers, if he's a Cilt --he touches his hat reverentially. In Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina, and even in some parts of Virginia and North Carolina, if you enter into a conversation with a colored man, and keep looking at him as you speak, he touches his cap every time that he answers your interrogatories, unless you expressly command him to desist. Perhaps this custom is the consequence of a legal enactment, also; but it is certainly the result of the imperious lex non scripta of the Southern States. Iv. Historical. Faulkner again slavery and fr
Savannah River (United States) (search for this): chapter 5
I went in and was going straight to it. Hello! Good-god-stop! he shouted in a trembling, earnest tone; yev-got the yaller-fever — let-me-get from between you-en-the-wind! I roared. But the little Vitriol Vial was evidently in earnest, for he ran away as if the very devil was after him. His wife — a quiet, dignified personage — in spite of his frequent, shrieked warnings to her, came kindly forward and gave me a glass. Augusta. Opposite Augusta, on the other side of the Savannah River, is the town of Hamburg, in South Carolina. Although the pestilence had raged in Augusta with terrible fatality for more than a month, no case of yellow fever had as yet occurred in the town of Hamburg. The wind, fortunately for the town, had blown in the opposite direction ever since the plague broke out. They expected to be stricken as soon as the wind should veer about. Yet they escaped; no single case occurred there ; for the wind was friendly to them to the end. I walked down <
Weldon, N. C. (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
e non-slaveholders here are secret abolitionists. I walked as far as Weldon, North Carolina, from Petersburg, and there I took the cars for Wilmington. On the ronorable and patriotic sentiments on record! V. North Carolina. Weldon, North Carolina, is a hamlet, or town, or city --I do n't know what they call it-consis Talk with a young slave. In returning from a walk in the woods, by which Weldon is surrounded, I came up to a young negro man who was lying on the ground in th of Emancipation, I continue my extracts from my Diary: September 28.--At Weldon. This morning I took a walk in the woods. A colored man, driving a horse and n a public letter, published at this time in an anti-slavery journal — dated at Weldon, or posted there — I offered the following programme of action for the abolitiocript about slaves and other people in the turpentine forests, I remained at Weldon about a week — every day making new excursions into the surrounding country —
Savannah (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
and the poor, Preliminary words on insurrection. my opinion of the slaveholders, and my feelings toward them, were greatly modified during my residence in Savannah. I saw so much that was noble, generous and admirable in their characters; I saw so many demoralizing pro-slavery influences — various, attractive, resistless —mong strangers — no prospect of getting money — no hope of being befriended, and no inclination to make friends with anybody. I had not enough to pay my fare to Savannah, where I intended to go; but a little trifle of that kind did not discourage me. I resolved to walk to Charleston; and, as I did not know a foot of the way, to fue stricken city. I well remember my first entrance into the city of Augusta. The yellow fever was raging there, as? well as in the cities of Charleston and Savannah. Everybody was out of town! The nearer I approached Augusta, the more frequently was I asked, as I stopped on the way to talk to the people, or entered thei
Alabama (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
e to the slaves and the States of Georgia and Alabama. Postscript.-Malden, Massachusetts, Dec.e next lot Hiring own time a godly city, Alabama. I walked the entire distance from Atlanta from Montgomery: Contentment of slaves in Alabama. I have spoken with hundreds of slaves in Alabama, but never yet met one contented with his position under the peculiar constitutions of the r advised a single slave either in Georgia or Alabama to run away. It is too great a responsibilitica employed in the country, in the States of Alabama or Georgia. They are hard worked from sun to transported south, and condemned for life to Alabama celibacy and adultery. Of course, He who, amwith plantation slaves since their arrival in Alabama. All of them, of course, resemble Napoleon i, nearly nine thousand. It is the capital of Alabama. Montgomery, albeit, is a very godly city.utterance to his longings for a plantation in Alabama, well stocked with fine fat negroes. It is i[5 more...]
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ublicly uttered the revolting declaration, that, if every slave in America could be instantly liberated by a single prayer, he — for one--wouan, I answer that, in an insurrection, if all the slaves in the United States--men, women and helpless babes — were to fall on the field or bs stupendous influence of evil, Mr. De Bow, the compiler of the United States' Census, in his official report, has the audacity to say that t verdict of Served Him Right on the body of every kidnapper, or United States Commissioner, who shall attempt to return a slave to bondage, ahighest judiciary in the land, namely, the Supreme Court of the United States, it would still be no authority: no law which any one of the St we are called upon to protect ourselves. The President of the United States, and his law adviser, so far from resisting the efforts of foret not commit adultery, was the founder of the system of slavery in America, which breeds such crimes, and many others of the same character,
Canada (Canada) (search for this): chapter 5
slavery treatment of slaves on plantations an unbelieving negro Canada negroes treatment of Free negroes North and South concerning linedo here, and do not feel the cold more than you do in Virginia. In Canada, in winter, it is very cold; a great deal colder than in the free S, or even the possibility of such a creature as a doughface? In Canada, I resumed, if a colored man once gets there, he is safe for life. Canada belongs to the British, and they never deliver up a fugitive. Yes, massa, said the slave, I belieb dat. A great many white folks has told me dat, and I belieb it. Although it is very cold in Canada, I continued, I never found a negro there — and I saw great numbers of rn States are as secure against the invasions of the slaveholder as Canada is to-day, three-fourths of our coming victory will be won. We needhan any American. They have heard of Jamaica; they have sighed for Canada. I have seen the eyes of the bondmen in the Carolinas sparkle as t
Norfolk (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
f sustaining a dense population, among whom labor would be honorable, and where the busy hum of men would tell that all were happy, and all were free. John A. Chandler's opinion. The second speech was delivered by John A. Chandler, of Norfolk county: The proposition, Mr. Speaker, said he, is not whether the State shall take the slaves for public uses, but this: Whether the Legislature has the right to compel the owners of slaves, under a penalty, within a reasonable time, to remove the opening paragraph, he says: It will be recollected, sir, that when the memorial from Charles City, was presented by the gentleman from Hanover, and when its reference was opposed, I took occasion to observe that I believed the people of Norfolk county would rejoice, could they even in the vista of time, see some scheme for the gradual removal of this curse from our land. I would have voted, sir, for its rejection, because I was desirous to see a report from the committee declaring the sla
Wisconsin (Wisconsin, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
undeniable truths, when the subject of negro slavery is under discussion. That the negroes are perfectly satisfied with slavery; that the blacks of the North are the most miserable of human beings; that all slaves are happy, and all free negroes wretched: these ridiculously false assertions are far more earnestly believed by the public of the South, than the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence are believed by the wildest, the most fanatical of European Democrats. From Wisconsin to Georgia, I have frequently found men who did not fear to laugh at the doctrines of Jefferson as rhetorical absurdities; but, in the Seaboard Slave States, I have yet to meet the first Southerner who believes that the condition of the Northern negroes is superior to the condition of the Southern slaves. In a recent conversation in this city, I emphatically denied--first, that the slaves are contented with bondage; and, secondly, that their condition was enviable as compared with that
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