Category Archives: Racism

April 13, 1864: Even more miscegenation

This item from the Richmond Daily Dispatch doesn’t use the newly coined term “miscegenation,” but “amalgamation” appeared in the same hoax pamphlet. Here the editor dismisses the loss of the Yankees (with their “patent medicines, puritanism, and pumpkin pies”) as … Continue reading

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April 5, 1864: Glee over the death of black soldiers

Sometimes the Richmond Daily Dispatch is hard to believe, even allowing for the different attitudes of the time. The negroes at the Olustee battle –A correspondent of the Savannah New, who was at the battle of Olustee, Florida, says of … Continue reading

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April 1, 1864: Yet more on miscegenation

As we’ve seen, the hoax pamphlet “Miscegenation” prompted extensive controversy in both North and South, just in time for the presidential campaign. The New York Times treated it as a joke, but some abolitionists took it as a serious, if … Continue reading

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March 26, 1864: Miscegenation Mania

In December, 1863, two Democratic reporters wrote a lengthy pamphlet titled “Miscegenation: the theory of the blending of the races, applied to the American White Man and Negro.” The pamphlet was published anonymously, purporting to be by an abolitionist who … Continue reading

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March 2, 1864: Classless Yankees

The Charleston Mercury reports on the villainy of the Yankees in East Tennessee; other than some plundering of personal property, it seems the worst of it is failing to respect the aristocrats of the South. Splendid mansions used as barns! … Continue reading

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January 29, 1864: You may be poor, but at least you’re white

The Charleston Mercury editorializes in the familiar key of white unity in the south. Abolition can have one of three results for the poor white — being murdered by free blacks, murdering the free blacks, or (worst of all) mixing … Continue reading

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January 4, 1864: Seeds of Jim Crow

This New York Times editorial makes the argument that the question of the social status of black Americans need not be settled before reconstruction takes place. Reading it charitably, perhaps the writer would have been surprised to learn how long … Continue reading

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July 13, 1863: New York Draft Riots

The mob in New York had a frenzied reaction to the new draft law. Many of the rioters appear to have held the black residents of the city as responsible for the war, and struck out against them indiscriminately. Infamously, … Continue reading

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May 24, 1863: “A sensible darkey”

The New York Times had an editorial policy that was actually pretty supportive of black rights, but we see in the editorial below how even the supportive whites displayed a racism that is startling today. I also note the representation … Continue reading

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March 27, 1863: The Dispatch — why does the North like black people so much?

Wow. What do you say about this? Southern writers of the time keep talking about how they love black people and how slavery is the best thing for them. Richmond Daily Dispatch “Hung be the Heavens in Black” We have … Continue reading

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