TESTIMONY FROM ALABAMA, regarding Negro intelligence
(Liberator Sept 29, 1865, pg 4)
It is remarkable proof to me that the negro is sufficiently intelligent to take care of himself, that he actually does so under the press of present circumstances in Montgomery. Whites are idling about , but not a single stroke of the more practical sort, needed here ….labor with the hands. But the negros are all at work, except now and then a few stragglers who are looking for work….You will be told that “the niggers won’t work.” It’s a lie! I’m tired of hearing slander…….My respectful regard for the negro increases with my acquaintance
…..I find them improving fast in freedom.—-Cor.of Cincinnati Commercial.