A letter to the old master of jourdon anderson and amanda on the issues of slavery

Share this article Share Mr Anderson goes on to explain how well his family are doing and how he now earns 25 dollars a month and his children attend Sunday school and are receiving an education. The first African slaves were brought to Virginia in to work on plantations for white owners, harvesting crops such as tobacco. By the s, the abolition movement was building in the North and spilled over into the American Civil War between and Union victory freed four million slaves but they were far from equal citizens in American society until almost a century later and the dawn of the civil rights movement of the s.

A letter to the old master of jourdon anderson and amanda on the issues of slavery

A proud unapologetic Black trans woman speaking truth to power and discussing the world around her since Thursday, February 02, Dear Massa, Thanks But No Thanks One of the things that pisses me off at times is when I hear the southern history revisionists try to pimp their 'happy darkie' lie about slavery to absolve themselves of the fact their ancestors committed a monstrous human rights crime.

Slavery had and still does have deleterious effects on this nation, race relations, and their community and mine almost years later and was nothing Gone With The Wind happy about it for my people.

Was delighted to see this letter that's been making the rounds in the Afrosphere, the Net from letters of note. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee asking him to come back to the big house to work for him. Here's Jourdon's response to that letter. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can.

I have often felt uneasy about you. I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this, for harboring Rebs they found at your house. I suppose they never heard about your going to Colonel Martin's to kill the Union soldier that was left by his company in their stable.

Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living. Give my love to them all, and tell them I hope we will meet in the better world, if not in this.

I would have gone back to see you all when I was working in the Nashville Hospital, but one of the neighbors told me that Henry intended to shoot me if he ever got a chance.

A letter to the old master of jourdon anderson and amanda on the issues of slavery

I want to know particularly what the good chance is you propose to give me. I am doing tolerably well here. I get twenty-five dollars a month, with victuals and clothing; have a comfortable home for Mandy,—the folks call her Mrs.

Anderson,—and the children—Milly, Jane, and Grundy—go to school and are learning well. The teacher says Grundy has a head for a preacher.

They go to Sunday school, and Mandy and me attend church regularly. We are kindly treated. Sometimes we overhear others saying, "Them colored people were slaves" down in Tennessee.

The children feel hurt when they hear such remarks; but I tell them it was no disgrace in Tennessee to belong to Colonel Anderson. Many darkeys would have been proud, as I used to be, to call you master.

Now if you will write and say what wages you will give me, I will be better able to decide whether it would be to my advantage to move back again. As to my freedom, which you say I can have, there is nothing to be gained on that score, as I got my free papers in from the Provost-Marshal-General of the Department of Nashville.

Mandy says she would be afraid to go back without some proof that you were disposed to treat us justly and kindly; and we have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you.

This will make us forget and forgive old scores, and rely on your justice and friendship in the future. I served you faithfully for thirty-two years, and Mandy twenty years.

At twenty-five dollars a month for me, and two dollars a week for Mandy, our earnings would amount to eleven thousand six hundred and eighty dollars.

Add to this the interest for the time our wages have been kept back, and deduct what you paid for our clothing, and three doctor's visits to me, and pulling a tooth for Mandy, and the balance will show what we are in justice entitled to.

Please send the money by Adams's Express, in care of V. If you fail to pay us for faithful labors in the past, we can have little faith in your promises in the future. We trust the good Maker has opened your eyes to the wrongs which you and your fathers have done to me and my fathers, in making us toil for you for generations without recompense.

Here I draw my wages every Saturday night; but in Tennessee there was never any pay-day for the negroes any more than for the horses and cows. Surely there will be a day of reckoning for those who defraud the laborer of his hire.

In answering this letter, please state if there would be any safety for my Milly and Jane, who are now grown up, and both good-looking girls. You know how it was with poor Matilda and Catherine.

I would rather stay here and starve—and die, if it come to that—than have my girls brought to shame by the violence and wickedness of their young masters. You will also please state if there has been any schools opened for the colored children in your neighborhood.

The great desire of my life now is to give my children an education, and have them form virtuous habits. Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me.Anderson’s reply, dated Aug.

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7, , was addressed “to my old master,” and published in the Cincinnati Commercial newspaper and then reprinted in the New York Daily Tribune on Aug. 22, It looks like you've lost connection to our server.

Please check your internet connection or reload this page. Jordan Anderson or Jourdon Anderson (December – April 15, ) [1] was a Black-American former slave noted for a letter he dictated, known as "Letter from a Freedman to His Old Master".

It was addressed to his former master, Colonel P. H. Anderson, in response to the Colonel's request that Mr. Anderson return to the plantation to help.

Jordan Anderson or Jourdon Anderson (December – April 15, ) was a African-American former slave noted for a letter he dictated, known as "Letter from a Freedman to His Old Master".

Freed by the Civil War April 22, AM Subscribe In , after the end of the Civil War, Col. P. H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdon .

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