Category Archives: Racism

March 17, 1865: Lynching

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports on an incident that foreshadows the world of Jim Crow. “Prompt and summary punishment,” and no time wasted on legal process. Daring Outrage. –In the county of Chesterfield, near Skinquarter meeting house, on Sundaynight, the … Continue reading

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January 12, 1865: Sherman on “Sambo”

As we’ve seen, Halleck wrote to Sherman to caution him about public perceptions of his attitude toward blacks. Here Sherman replies that it was Jeff C. Davis who turned the ex-slaves back at Ebenezer Creek, and he just needed his … Continue reading

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January 12, 1865: Freemen in Savannah

Secretary of War Stanton came down to Savannah, and he met with a group of black leaders to discuss with them what they wanted for their people. He took the opportunity to ask them how Sherman had treated them, as … Continue reading

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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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