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 Posted: Thu Jun 7th, 2012 10:29 am
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Old Blu

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Mark wrote: Well, if you want a provably false direct quote, try this one. Among other statements that 150 years have shown to be false, this one sticks out. "the condition of domestic slavery...furnished a class of laborers as happy and contented as any in the world." Early was an excellent division commander, but he was also a man of his time. I have no doubt he believed this statement, but it is clearly not true. Quote is from Early's "Memoir of the Last Year of the War for Independence" pp. VIII. You can find the full text on Googlebooks if desired.


PS. Also see his Appendix B for the standard Lost Cause discussion of how the Federal armies were full of immigrants and Southern blacks "forced" into service.

I am glad slavery is gone from the US.  But blacks still have a fight on their hands for equality and I am convinced that will go on forever.

When I find the book or info about Union army using forced labor I will post it.  It did happen. It may be something about Spoons Butler.

Here it is.

In some ways, the contrabands were no better off than they had been under slavery. They were physically abused, denied food, and often cheated out of the wages for their Union jobs by their supposed protectors, and though many of them may not have realized it at the time, they were excluded from the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, which was directed at slaves in rebel-held territory. Technically, they remained the property of the Union until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865.

Spoons wasn't the only one to do this.

Last edited on Thu Jun 7th, 2012 10:48 am by Old Blu

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