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Spirited Letter from a Slave to His Master 1865

English: Family on Smith's Plantation, Beaufor...

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In 1865, P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee,  wrote to his former slave, Jourdan Anderson, coaxing him to come back to work on his farm for wages.

Jourdan, who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work as a stableman, and was now supporting his family, responded elegantly by dictated letter.  The letter was published in the Aug. 22, 1865 issue of the New York Daily Tribune. As far as can be researched, this is a true story, about real people and events.

I hope you read and enjoy this letter! Written with ironic humor, it gives fabulous insight into the sharp mind of one former slave.

Letters of Note: To My Old Master.



2 Responses

  1. Great bit of history, Mary. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you, Cathy, for commenting. I love to hear what interests my friends and readers!

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