Ruth Fielding Down in Dixie

Ruth Fielding Down in Dixie

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Excerpt: ...since yo' was yere airly in de spring. I know bery well yo' been stahvin' ob yo'self in dem hotels in de Norf all dishyer w'ile." 103 CHAPTER XII-THE BOY AT THE WAREHOUSE "Goodness me!" cried Helen to Nettie. "How do you get along with so many of these colored people under foot? I had thought it might be fun to have so many servants; but I don't believe I could stand it." "Oh, I don't think Aunt Rachel has too many," Nettie said carelessly. "We don't mind having them around. As long as their faces are smiling and we know they are happy, we don't mind. You see, we Southerners actually like the negroes; you Northerners only say you do." "Hear! hear!" cried Ruth. "There is a difference." "Well," pouted Helen, "I don't know that I have any dislike for them. I-I guess maybe I'm not just used to them." "It takes several generations of familiarity, I reckon," said Nettie, with some gravity, "to breed the feeling we Southerners have for the children of our old slaves. Slavery seems to have been a terrible institution to you Northern girls; but we 104 feel that the vast majority of the negroes were better off in those days than they are now. "Slavery after all is a condition of the mind," Nettie said. "Those blacks who were intelligent in the old days perhaps should have had their freedom. But few slaves went with empty stomachs in the old days, or had to worry about shelter. "It is different now. Whites as well as blacks throughout the South often go hungry. Aunt Rachel keeps many more people on the Merredith plantation than she really needs to work it, so that there shall be fewer starving families on the outskirts of the estate." "Your aunt is a dear, good woman," Ruth said warmly. "I am sure whatever she does is right." The girls were sitting in comfortable rocking chairs on the broad veranda in the cool of the evening. A mocking-bird began to sing in a tree near by and...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236734084
  • 9781236734082