Debow's Review

 "Designs of Radicalism"


In this excerpt the editor of Debow's Review lambastes the Radical Republicans' idea that the races can live together peacefully. He argues that the Northerners would not be so eager to advocate equal rights if African-Americans were more numerous in the North.


It is absurd to say that two races so dissimilar as the whites and
blacks, when their numbers are equal, can live in peace where they
enjoy equal political privileges, where they sit on the same juries,
serve in the same legislature and hold similar offices. It is an im-
possibility. One race or the other must be subordinate. So it has
always been and so it will always be. Does any one believe that
the white people of Massachusetts or any Northern State would give
the negroes the same political rights with the whites if they were
equal or nearly equal in numbers? Where there are only a few
negroes it makes but little difference, for then the white race will be
the dominant and governing race. But it is not so in the Gulf
States. If the negroes enjoy equal political privileges with the
whites, one race or the other must leave the country.

The conduct of the New England radicals shows that it is their
design to place the country in such a condition that not only will
there be no immigration to the South, but even the whites that are
now here will be under the necessity of leaving.

The Southern whites, as a general rule, are disposed to treat the
blacks with kindness and liberality, and to protect them in the en-
joyment of civil and personal rights. The white men of Mississippi
and Alabama are giving the blacks one-fourth or one-third
of the gross products of their farms. Are any Northern manufacturers
giving their operatives one-fourth or one-third of the gross proceeds
of their factories? It is to the interest of the land owner, when labor
is high, to protect his laborers, so as to win their confidence and se-
cure their services.

 

Source: Debow's Review, November 1867, p. 536.



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