1881 · New Orleans
Slavery "fostered a system of large plantations worked by slaves, discouraged the white laborer, and lowered his social position." The plantation owners thus hogged all the good lands. Now, however, that has all changed: "Our people are becoming 'Yankeeized;' our sons and daughters are brought up to depend upon self, to work and to place a value upon the wages of work of every kind. The dignity of labor is asserted and admitted by all. The children of our oldest and best families do manual labor in field or shop, and do not lose caste."
Thompson 2212. OCLC records an undecipherable mix of facsimiles and originals. (Inventory #: 36225)