February 2, 2012

"SAY HOWDY TO GEORGE" (via The Other Brother):

Former Slave's Letter to 'Old Master' is a Cheeky Must-Read (JULIA GREENBERG, 2/01/12, IB Times)


A captivating letter from a former slave to his "old master" has resurfaced online.The letter is a response from ex-slave, Jourdon Anderson, after his former owner, Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tenn., asked Jourdon to return to his farm to work after more than 30 years of servitude. The must-read letter's expression is cheeky, but clear.

Jourdon responds to the request in a letter written on Aug. 7, 1986. By August 1865, Jourdon had already been emancipated, had moved to Ohio, had found paid work and was supporting his family of five.

According to a statement from the New York Daily Tribune in 1965, the letter was dictated aloud by the former slave. The letter's expression is cheeky, but clear. Unsurprisingly, Jourdan expresses his hesitance and unwillingness to return to Anderson's farm.

"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," Jourdan writes.




http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/01/to-my-old-master.html

Posted by at February 2, 2012 6:47 AM
  

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