Tocqueville on Slavery And Prejudice

More from the gift that keeps on giving

There are places where white people still romanticize southern slavery.  One of the components of that argument is that at the least northerners (and other nonslaveholding whites) were more racist toward blacks than were southern whites, who embraced their chattel in the loving chains of enslavement.  You doubt this? Continue reading

Research Exercise: Did Grant Say This? (part four)

(link to part three)

Having established that much about the story in question in fact rings true, we now come to Grant’s own expressions at the time.  People like to quote Grant’s April correspondence, but we need not do that, because Grant wrote three letters during this period in which he described the situation to family members: a letter to his wife, Julia, dated July 19, 1861, the day he was ordered to move to Mexico; a second letter to Julia from Mexico dated August 3, 1861; and a letter from Mexico to his father Jesse Root Grant, also dated August 3, 1861.

Note what he wrote to Julia on July 19: Continue reading