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Editorial in Confederate Veteran Magazine 1907: The Problem of the Negroes

The Problem of the Negroes The following editorial in the Confederate Veteran magazine of January 1907 presents the view of the American race problem common of that time. A later submission to that journal asked the question: “How does it happen that blacks who took care of the helpless women and children during the war [...]


Many Northern civilians owned slaves. Prior to, during and even after the War of Northern Aggression. Surprisingly, to many history impaired individuals, most Union Generals and staff had slaves to serve them! William T. Sherman had many slaves that served him until well after the war was over and did not free them until late [...]

Chapter V

CHAPTER V THE RECONSTRUCTION PERIOD         THE years from 1867 to 1878 I think may be called the period of Reconstruction. This included the time that I spent as a student at Hampton and as a teacher in West Virginia. During the whole of the Reconstruction period two ideas were constantly agitating the minds of the [...]

Chapter XVII

CHAPTER XVII LAST WORDS         BEFORE going to Europe some events came into my life which were great surprises to me. In fact, my whole life has largely been one of surprises. I believe that any man's life will be filled with constant, unexpected encouragements of this kind if he makes up his mind to do [...]

Chapter VI

CHAPTER VI BLACK RACE AND RED RACE         DURING the year that I spent in Washington, and for some little time before this, there had been considerable agitation in the state of West Virginia over the question of moving the capital of the state from Wheeling to some other central point. As a result of this, [...]

Chapter VII

CHAPTER VII EARLY DAYS AT TUSKEGEE         DURING the time that I had charge of the Indians and the night-school at Hampton, I pursued some studies myself, under the direction of the instructors there. One of these instructors was the Rev. Dr. H. B. Frissell, the present Principal of the Hampton Institute, General Armstrong's successor.         In [...]

Chapter VIII

CHAPTER VIII TEACHING SCHOOL IN A STABLE AND A HEN-HOUSE         I CONFESS that what I saw during my month of travel and investigation left me with a very heavy heart. The work to be done in order to lift these people up seemed almost beyond accomplishing. I was only one person, and it seemed to [...]

Chapter IX

CHAPTER IX ANXIOUS DAYS AND SLEEPLESS NIGHTS         THE coming of Christmas, that first year of our residence in Alabama, gave us an opportunity to get a farther insight into the real life of the people. The first thing that reminded us that Christmas had arrived was the "foreday" visits of scores of children rapping at [...]

Chapter XI

CHAPTER XI MAKING THEIR BEDS BEFORE THEY COULD LIE ON THEM         A LITTLE later in the history of the school we had a visit from General J. F. B. Marshall, the Treasurer of the Hampton Institute, who had had faith enough to lend us the first two hundred and fifty dollars with which to make [...]

Chapter XII

CHAPTER XII RAISING MONEY         WHEN we opened our boarding department, we provided rooms in the attic of Porter Hall, our first building, for a number of girls. But the number of students, of both sexes, continued to increase. We could find rooms outside the school grounds for many of the young men, but the girls [...]