The Richmond Daily Dispatch reproduces a report from an Ohio paper complaining about freedmen “degrading white labor”.
First fruits of Africanizing Ohio.
–Several farmers of the Abolition persuasion in Athens County–we might mention Pedro and Simpson — have negroes employed at this time to fill the places occupied heretofore by white men. What a congratulation to the heart of the brave soldier, who returns to his home, and finds his former place of labor occupied by negroes, and his old settlement filled with the black trash! White men removing to give way to the negro in the fields and the houses of our small country farms. What prosperity! What a spectacle for the coming generation!
Last week we saw in this city two negroes who were brought by Federal authority from Kentucky to Columbus, Ohio, where they were set at liberty. This county is cursed with the emigration every week, as is also all Southern Ohio. Are the people willing that this lazy scum of creation shall constitute one-sixth of the population of the State?–This is the great political State question of to-day. Shall white labor be degraded, wages reduced, and society broken up, by the thieving, indolent race, or will our farmers take the matter in hand, and defend themselves from degradation and the country from anarchy and ruin?
Already this increase of negro population is felt all over the State. The country is filling up with it, and the cities are already filled to overflowing. Will the people not do something to change this dangerous tide that so surely threatens the morals of all good society and the peace of every neighborhood? Can the people not forget the prejudice against the Democracy, created by reading the malignant falsehoods of its enemies, and join together in one party until this great danger is removed, and until the twin children of treason, Abolition and Secession, are cut down?–Marietta (Ohio) Republican.
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