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An Objective Northern View of Slavery and Southerners/Southern Hospitality
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Lady Val
Mon Mar 02 2009, 12:10PM
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Posted in Charles Demastus newsletter, Southern Heritage News and Views. It goes a long way towards refuting the claims by Yankees about slavery and Southerners. We should use such "eyewitness accounts" to disprove what currently passes for "history".

From: Bernhard1848©att.net

Born in 1822, Henry Benjamin Whipple (of Minnesota) toured the South in 1843 and 1844 to recover his health. While enjoying the warm hospitality of the region, he noted many differences between North and South.

Bernhard Thuersam, Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute
www.cfhi.net Bishop Whipple's Southern Diary:

"Nov. 25th. (in St. Augustine) The people of the Southern States are generally much more hospitable than Northerners, and the difference must be attributed to the fact that they are not such money-loving people. You do not see the low, mean cupidity, that base selfishness so striking a characteristic of one portion of our restless Yankee brethren. I am more and more convinced that most of the exaggerated stories of abolitionists exist only in the imagination. And from personal observation I know that the efforts of the abolitionists at the North have only served to injure the slave and to destroy the kind and fraternal feeling which should exist between the Northern and Southern States. The South are not blind to the evils of slavery, they can see its bad effects as well as the most sharp-sighted abolitionists yet they cannot nor will they consent to have caustic remedies applied by unskillful hands which would only serve to increase, rather than diminish, the evil.

No! if slavery ever is abolished it must be gradual & done at the desire of and in the manner which the slaveholder desires. The slaveholders are generally opposed to the internal slave trade, and the families of slaves are never separated unless owing to the embarrassed situation of the master....

December 12, 1843. (in Georgia) The Southerner himself is different than the Northerner in many striking particulars. He is more chivalrous, that is to say, he has more of that old English feeling common in the days of the feudal system & Crusades. He is liberal in his feelings, high-minded, a warm & generous friend but a malignant and bitter enemy. He is generous to a fault with his property, is fond of gaiety and pleasure & generally dislikes the routine of business."

Voices of the Old South, Eyewitness Accounts 1528-1861, Alan Gallay, editor, UGA Press, 1994, pp. 270-271)

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Mon Mar 02 2009, 04:41PM

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Lady Val wrote ...

Posted in Charles Demastus newsletter, Southern Heritage News and Views. It goes a long way towards refuting the claims by Yankees about slavery and Southerners. We should use such "eyewitness accounts" to disprove what currently passes for "history".

Excellent post and yes you are correct about using items such as this for sources. Old newspapers and diaries, letters and other writings of the period are excellent sources of information.

Mississippi isn’t called the "Hospitality State" for nothing some of the friendliest people on earth live here.

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Southern Hospitality Not Questioned by Dead Union Soldiers

A past historian of Lee’s Arlington mansion, Murray Nelligan, understood that Secretary of War Edwin Stanton determined that the Lee family should never occupy their home again -- placing a hospital on the grounds and a village for Negro refugees from the South. Not stopping there, he had a tax levied on the property which required payment by the owner in person. A relative of Mrs. Lee offered to pay the tax, but the authorities decided that such a procedure did not fulfill the letter of the law, so the estate was put up for sale at public auction on January 11, 1864, in Alexandria, Virginia.

Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"

Southern Hospitality Not Questioned by Dead Union Soldiers:

Barden’s opportunity to appear as a champion of the South occurred when a delegation of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Grand Army of the Republic appeared before the [House] Library Committee to oppose a resolution to erect a memorial to Robert E. Lee near the mansion in Arlington.

Barden sat quietly and uncomfortably until the ladies attack upon Southern generals and the Confederacy turned into a tirade against the South and all Southerners. Then, as the only Southern present on the committee, Barden came to the defense of not only Robert E. Lee, but of Southern heritage.

The congressman declared that he had “never heard such sectional bitterness expressed.” Answering the women’s insistence that Arlington National Cemetery was a “Union and not a Confederate graveyard” and that even though a few Confederate dead were buried there, Arlington was not a place to honor Confederates, Barden pointed out that in his home town of New Bern [North Carolina] a thousand Union soldiers were buried with honor in a beautiful cemetery.

He continued: “We of the South do not propose to keep our brains and characters befogged by bitterness and prejudice. The hospitality of the South has never been questioned, not even by a dead Union soldier.” [New Bern Sun-Journal, April 27, 1935]

The effectiveness of Barden’s position was apparent when the committee voted to report the Memorial bill favorably.”

(Graham A. Barden, Conservative Carolina Congressman, Elmer L. Puryear, Campbell University Press, 1979, excerpts, pp. 22-23)
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