Boston (MA) Liberator, "Insubordination of Negroes," October 1, 1852

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               From the Carolina Spartan.

       INSUBORDINATION OF NEGROES.

   We perceive by the Virginia papers, that, within [illegible] three months, a greater degree of insolence and resistance has been manifested by the negroes in [that] portion of the State, to the authority of their [illegible] than ever known before. The negroes [illegible] their masters and overseers, when anything [illegible] [illegible] with them; and in the settlement of the [illegible], such is the laxity of punishment generally,that the negroes are often the victors. The Fredericksburg Va. Herald says it knows of several instances [illegible] [illegible] had referred to. Some negroes will not be [illegible] by their owners, and go so far as to resist [illegible] punishment from that quarter. The servants in [illegible] teach their children that the relative [illegible] of Maser and slave does not of right exist, and that henceforth the word Mister is to be used instead of Master; and instead of addressing them [illegible] heretofore known as father and mother [illegible] the blacks, require their children to call them [illegible]. This is no great thing in itself; but it [illegible] of the times, and shows conclusively, that [illegible] of progress, the negroes are making progress. The same paper says that it is now a [illegible] [illegible] as to which color shall use the side-[illegible] give way. We also learn from our [illegible] that in the border States, there is very [illegible] a stampede among the negroes--large [illegible] going off together.

   [Illegible] in the name of common sense, a common [illegible] and a common fate, how can the people of the Southern States be so blind as not to see that this [illegible] insubordination of the slaves is one of the [illegible] of the existing Union of slaveholding and non-slaveholding States? A Union of those [illegible] [illegible] and live by slavery, with those who hate [illegible] it--yes, a Union of those who would fight [illegible] with those who would, and are now fighting [illegible]. To us it seems that the Union, so far [illegible] very desirable, has now become unsafe, un[illegible], and dishonorable; and in the end, will be [illegible] to the institution of slavery. We value [illegible] more than we do the Union, and in choosing we [illegible] in the settlement of this question, [illegible] prefer a Northern man to a negro. Viewing [illegible] then as we do--the very essence of our social and civil life; and looking upon the [illegible] the hateful instrument of its final overthrow, [illegible]––we believe it would be to the best [illegible] of the South, to dissolve their existing connection with the North. And the sooner the better. 

Citation

"Insubordination of Negroes," Boston (MA) Liberator, October 1, 1852, p. 1.

Coverage Type
Via Wire Report
Location of Coverage- City
Boston
Location of Coverage- State
Massachusetts