New Outlook Volume 62

New Outlook Volume 62

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: system discriminated against the negro, assured me that hardly one negro in ten paid even poll taxes. But when I visited a great cotton plantation a few miles away, where the planter kept a close but friendly oversight over a large number of tenants, I was told that not only did nearly all the negro men pay poll taxes, but that a majority owned mules, and a large minority horses and buggies. As neighboring plantations were broken up because of the listless management of owners who preferred to live in town, some of the negroes were gradually acquiring land. "If they were thrifty." said my host, "they would soon own the county." "If so many of them didn't need a boss," said his son, " we white men would have a hard time of it." The need of bosses, my host remarked, was less now than in former years. ust after the war. he went on. great religious revivals seeined to be constantly going on, and the negroes neglected their crops to attend them. Now the " protracted ineetings " were held only when the crops were laid by. Not only did the negroes nowadays make better tenants than they used to, but he was Sl.ll'l' to get his rent from them than from white tenants. The progress, it is true, had not been uninterrupted, and the low prices of the last five or six years had reduced many tenant farmers to mere wage-earners---mule, cow, and plow being sold to pay their debts. But even these wage-earners were incomparably better ofl' than the old slaves, while the position of many of the tenant farmers was but little behind that of independent farm owners. While in the black belt, I had no opportunity to verify my host's gener The.. negro alization about the negro as a...
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  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 31mm | 1,070g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236759443
  • 9781236759443