A New South More Like New England
The Boston Daily Advertiser editor below extols the virtues of New England and the taming of their environment, but forgets the mention the Pequot tribe. After those natives found themselves decimated by the forces of early New England settlement and progress, the survivors were sold to West Indies plantations as slaves. To make up for this mistreatment, the tribe is allowed to operate a gambling casino, Foxwoods. Nonetheless, the virtuous New Englanders would move South to bring civilization to the hayseed descendants of Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe.
Bernhard Thuersam, Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute
Wilmington, North Carolina
A New South More Like New England:
“In the months after Appomattox, Boston newspapers were full of schemes to send northern men into the South. Even before the war had ended, many northerners were thinking about migrating South to speculate in land, raise cotton, or seek other economic opportunities there. Although a mixture of motives influenced Yankees moving South during and after the war, most were eager to reap economic rewards.
(Cotton and Capital, Boston Antislavery Reform, 1854-1868, Richard H. Abbott, UMass Press, 1991, 184-185)