The American Missionary — Volume 43, No. 03, March, 1889 eBook

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Rev. J.B.  Chase, of Hull, Iowa, wishes to complete his files of the American Missionary to have them bound for a public library.  If any of our readers have the numbers for August and September, 1880, and April, 1878, that they can spare and willingly give, it would be a favor to us if they would mail them to the above address.  Our edition for those months is exhausted.

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Never since the days of reconstruction and of the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution, has the question of the equal suffrage of the races in the South awakened public attention as it does now.  In many quarters, some of them very influential, the right of the Negro to a fair vote and a fair count is strenuously advocated.  On the other hand, the supremacy of the whites as the ruling race in the South is set forth by leading Southern men more distinctly than ever before.


Col.  Grady, of Atlanta, in his famous speech at Dallas, Texas, urges this in these emphatic terms: 

Standing in the presence of this multitude, sobered with the responsibility of the message I deliver to the young men of the South, I declare that the truth above all others to be worn unsullied and sacred in your hearts, to be surrendered to no force, sold for no price, compromised in no necessity, but cherished and defended as the covenant of your prosperity, and the pledge of peace to your children, is that the white race must dominate forever in the South, because it is the white race, and superior to that race with which its supremacy is threatened.

Hon. W.C.P.  Breckinridge, member of Congress from Kentucky, and many other prominent men in the South, express the same sentiment, so that this may be regarded as the ultimatum of Southern popular requirement.


The most obvious way is that which is in use at present, the intimidation of the colored man and the manipulation of the ballot-box.  But against this the sober second thought of the South itself begins to revolt.  Thus a paper so thoroughly Southern as the Charleston News and Courier utters this salutary and emphatic protest: 

“It appals thinking men to know and see that the present generation and the rising generation of white men in the South are taught in practice that republican institutions are a failure, and that elections are to be carried, not by the honest vote of a fair majority, but by campaigning, which begins with rank intimidation and ends with subterfuge and evasion.  The white people suffer more by the trickery and malfeasance by which they score victory than the colored people suffer. 
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