George Weston here paints a distressing picture of the economic and social conditions of non-slaveholding whites of the South. Bringing attention to a much neglected subject, he writes, ".being not less than seven tenths of the whole number of whites, [they] would seem to be entitled to some inquiry into their actual condition; and especially, as they have no real political weight or consideration in the country, and little opportunity to speak for themselves. I have been for twenty years a reader of Southern newspapers, and a reader and hearer of Congressional debates; but, in all that time, I do not recollect ever to have seen or heard these non-slaveholding whites referred to by Southern gentlemen, as constituting any part of what they call 'the South.'" He continues, "The whites at the South not connected with the ownership or management of slaves,.confined at best to the low wages of agricultural labor, and partially cut off even from this by the degradation of a companionship with black slaves, retire to the outskirts of civilization, where they lead a semi-savage life, sinking deeper and more hopelessly into barbarism with each succeeding generation. The slave-owner takes at first all the best land, .and the poor whites, thrown back upon the hills and sterile soils--mere squatters, without energy enough to acquire title to even the cheap lands they occupy, without roads, without schools, and at length without even a desire for education, become the miserable human beings described to us by the writers whom I have quoted." 8vo. 8 pp. NSTC 2W14422. Removed from a nonce volume, with stitching holes. First page with stain, not obscuring text, some chipping without loss of text, and a bit of bugspotting and staining in lower margin. Browned or with some light foxing. Leaves loose. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: [drop title] The poor whites of the South.
Publisher: Buell & Blanchard, printers
Publication Date: 1856
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