"What Shall We Do With the Negro?"

"What Shall We Do With the Negro?"

Lincoln, White Racism, and Civil War America

eBook - 2009
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Consulting a broad range of contemporary newspapers, magazines, books, army records, government documents, publications of citizens' organizations, letters, diaries, and other sources, Paul D. Escott examines the attitudes and actions of Northerners and Southerners regarding the future of African Americans after the end of slavery. --from publisher description.
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9780813930466
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 304 pages, [10] pages of plates) : illustrations, portraits


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Apr 21, 2015

“What shall we do with the Negro?” For Southerners, they wanted to have the Negros remain slaves. They argued that the Bible proclaimed Negroes an inferior race and that if slaves were freed, God would command them to exterminate all Negroes to prevent them from mixing the races. Whites in the north were not that much better. After the Civil War, the Connecticut, Wisconsin, and Minnesota voted against the right of Negroes to vote. Republicans and Democrats believed that racist proclamations were the best political move to win elections. Example - St Paul Minnesota Pioneer newspaper said, (N = the N-Word), “If you wish to have N in your schools, N at the polls, N in the jury, N gallanting your white girls, N holding office, N miscegenating, N TILL YOU CAN’T REST – vote Republican. “ Not a pretty story for White people of today to face. Lincoln knew Whites were so racist that Negroes could never be considered equal ever or until many generations had passed. Guess what? He was right as Whites have fought mightily against equality for another150 years.

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