Without Regard to Race: The Other Martin Robison Delany

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APPENDIX A
“A Political Review”

Hon. Fred Douglass


LETTER FROM MAJOR DELANY TO FREDERICK DOUGLASS

Hon. Fred Douglass

My Dear Sir:

It has been ten years since last we met (in your library at Rochester) to discuss and reconcile ourselves to President Lincoln’s war policy. Since then slavery had been overthrown, and no “reunion” of what were, for twenty years or more, the leading colored men of the country who shaped the policy and course of our race which led to disenthralment, having taken place, and consequently no interchange of ideas by counsel, I therefore deem it of importance at the time, to take a political review of South Carolina which I think will apply justly to nearly, if not the whole, of the “reconstructed states” of the South as well as the national government.

When the war ended the colored people of the South had little knowledge of social and political affairs, and had of necessity, to accept such leaders as presented themselves. The first of these were in the persons of various agencies, as school teachers (mostly women), the Christian Commission, Colporteurs and agent to the freedmen’s affair (not the Bureau) who aided in directing their social and domestic relations.

When reconstruction commenced, political leaders were greatly required, but few to be had. Southerners (the old masters) studiously opposed and refused to countenance reconstruction, and the freedmen were fearful and would not have trusted them if they could have obtained their aid.

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