The Black Man of the South, and the Rebels; or, the Characteristics of the Former, and the Recent Outrages of the Latter.
Stearns was a Massachusetts abolitionist who spent six years in “Bleeding Kansas.” After the war he became a teacher, missionary, and plantation owner in Columbia County, Georgia “which he operated with Negro labor as sort of a co-operative project, and which he gradually sold off to the operatives.”
“This is an excellent firsthand account of reconstruction in Georgia, for, despite his prejudices and biases, Stearns wrote with accuracy and understanding. He gave much information on the Negro, political reconstruction, immigration, Southern antipathy to Northern carpetbaggers, and social and economic life. He declared that the most extreme Northern antipathy to the Negro was worse than any he found in the South” – Clark.
“By a carpetbagger-planter in Georgia who was in the thick of Reconstruction.” – Full Howes. Of the eight illustrations, perhaps the most compelling shows the mobbing of the author and his men by the Ku Klux Klan.
Description: The Black Man of the South, and the Rebels; or, the Characteristics of the Former, and the Recent Outrages of the Latter.
New York: American News Co., 1872. Frontispiece, 562pp. + 7 plates. First edition. Original green pebbled cloth. Gilt to spine lettering dulled with some wear to head and heel; pages evenly tanned. From the library of historian Bell Irvin Wiley; with Wiley’s signature to front endpaper. Overall, very good.
Howes S-907. Full Howes 2401. Sabin 90867. Clark, New South 203. Work p374.
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