A Northern Woman's Experience In Alabama-Negroes won't Live with Her

April 11, 1867


A Northern Women recalls the time she has lived in the South, and how much hatred she receives from the black communities. Blacks of the South detested poor white people and went to the extent of not even working for them.


I have lived one year in the South, and no words ran tell the contemptuous manner in which a southern female treats a northern lady when she meets her. Although we live in a thickly populated district, yet all my family have been seriously ill at one time, and not one white person has come near us, although the whole neighborhood were aware of our helpless condition. Taken altogether, they (the negroes) are a happy race; but they detest "poor white folks."' Our superintendent's wife required the services of a young negro; while there are many here with nothing to do to keep them at home, yet she could not get the permission of the parents of any of them to take one, simply because their child could not live with poor white folks. I would, if possible, relieve the minds of the people of the North with regard to the miserable condition of the negroes, know none such; all who will can get work; it is only the idle and those who will not leave the cities and their attractions, but prefer standing on the sidewalks in groups, with nothing to do and little more to eat, who suffer. There is work for all on plantations, where they will be comfortably housed and fed.
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