Slaves are Well-Treated in the South

Slavery is Good!
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

In August last a difficulty occurred in Green county, Pennsylvania, between the blacks and a portion of the white population, in consequence of an attempt of the latter to drive the negroes off. Believing that the presence of the negroes tended to lower the price of labor, the whites gave them notice to leave, and this led to a collision in which one white man was killed and another wounded. Eight negroes were arrested, and a few days ago six of them were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to the Penitentiary for five years. No doubt the sentence was a just and proper one, but the assault upon the negroes in the first instance shows what sort of sympathy the blacks receive in the free States.

On the other hand, in regard to the treatment of Virginia slaves, the Norfolk Herald mentions a fact or two. It states that a gentleman of Norfolk county, whose name is given, lately paid to his servants $550, for corn raised by them for their own benefit on his land. Another gentleman paid to his servants $600, earned in the same way; and another paid $300. Such treatment of slaves is not peculiar to Norfolk county, but is practiced more or less all over the State. We know it is not uncommon in this region.

The negroes alluded to, says the [Norfolk] Herald, like millions in the Southern States, are not only plentifully provided for in every way, but they are saving money to use as they may find best in coming years--and withal they seem as happy as lords. They work well and cheerfully in the day, and at night, during the holidays they sing, dance and smoke, eat sweet potatoes, drink hard cider, sit around big kitchen fires, "laugh and grow fat," regardless of all the "tomfoolery" and nonsense about the "poor oppressed slaves.

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To the Editor: In a recent

To the Editor:
In a recent issue of "The Guardian" you published an article entitled "Slaves are Well-Treated in the South" in which the writer argues that slaves are well treated in the south. Being an abolitionist I must take issue with this position for several reasons. first the facts you have stated in you article are incorrect. one fact that was incorrect was that slaves are well treated in the south well they were not. for example slaves were separated from their families, honestly do you know any slave that are happy when they were separated from their family's?

We Care about our Slaves

To The editor
I am responding to the letter of William Lloyd Garrison, who argues that we treat are slaves wrong. I disagree with your comment because we care about our slaves. If it wasn't for us the slaves would not have any food to eat and life would be harder for them. I also believe that what you are saying is a selfish act, because you don't know how we treat them and you don't know what they want. We the slave owners are proud to say that we give the slaves better lives!.

Thank you
Yours truly,
Jefferson Davis.

slaves are well treated in the south

I Joseph ried Anderson strongly disagree with your statement "slaves are not treated well in the south". first of all the slaves get free housing food water and clothing. in return we ask them to do some free work in return to us generously giving free necessities for life. the work that we ask them to do aren't that bad, we just want them to plant crops. therefore your statement "slaves are not treated well in the south" is wrong

sincerely,
Joseph ried Anderson

slaves are well treated in the south

To the editor:
I am responding to the letter of Joseph Ried Anderson, arguing that slaves are treated well in the south. The truth is slaves are not treated well in the south. They are whipped when they misbehave. Their families get separated when auctions are held. They have free houses because their owners need a place to keep them at night. They are forced to work in the fields and forced to do house work. They do labor and they don't even get payed. Their owners sometimes make them work for other slave owners and they get paid but their owners take the money.

Sincerely,
Robert E. Lee

Slaves are NOT well treated in the South

To the editor:
In a recent issue of "The Guardian" you published an article entitled "Slaves are well-treated in the South", in which the writer argues that slaves are happy in the South as slaves when they are very upset about the fact of losing their family and falling apart.
As an abolitionist I must take issue with this position for several reasons. First, Slaves aren't happy in the South because the owners whip them so they can do the jobs. Second, The slaves have to work every day and every hour as possible of the day cleaning cotton with their own hands outside in the burning sun on their bodies not knowing what could happen to them if they stay out receiving sunlight for a long period of time. Third, The slave holders drag the slaves around like if they were anything but a person and the slaveholders don't realize that they're a people just like them.
In my opinion i belief this is very unfair for the poor slaves, That they have to wake up every morning with the bad thoughts of them having to do all the work and thinking about their families where they might be, what they might be doing, wondering if they're okay... If they're dead... They don't know whats going on around them. The only thing they have to focus on is working hard so they don't get hurt.

Thank you for considering my views
Sincerely,
Frances Kemble

Slaves are better off in slavery.

To the Editor:
I am replying to the letter or Frances Kemble in which he argues that slaves are treated unfairly in the South as if they are objects. I disagree with this idea for several reasons. For one thing, slaves are not treated like people due to the simple fact that they are not people, but property. Owners nourish their slaves and provide them with the basic necessities needed to live and continue to carry out their duties. If slave owners were to truly treat slaves as if they were our equals, they would be aimlessly wandering our streets, causing crime and having no purpose to wake up in the morning other then to search for hope leading to a better tomorrow, hope that is and will never be there. It irritates me immensely when these oblivious slaves believe that they have the capability of succeeding in this merciless world alone, and therefore in their blind act to somehow start anew, rebel against their owners who are generous enough to give their slaves a home, food, and water, but most importantly, a meaning in life. One thing you are right about in your meaningless lecture is that these slaves only have one thing that they have to direct their focus on, and that is their work. If certain firebrands amongst the slaves decide to rebel and go against their generous owners, they will rightfully so be punished, and if that means to whip them until they correct their priorities, then by all means those measures will be taken to re-enforce the rules. We expect the occupants of our home to follow these rules, and if correctly practiced, will find no means to go against the requests of their master. I sincerely prey that the next time you decide to submit a useless comment, to research the true facts. Take the little time to put yourself in our shoes, Mr. Kemble, the shoes of a frustrated slave owner who's slaves relentlessly try and go against your better will to keep them safe and healthy. Imagine a time without slavery, a time when everyone, including the slaves, including the Union, will suffer.

slaves are NOT better off in slavery.

To the Editor,
I am replying to the letter by Rose Greenhow in which she argues that slaves are better off in slavery. I disagree for several reasons. Slaves are NOT property - we are PEOPLE. We are alive and breathing. We need the same things that any human being needs to survive. Why would you think that we are better being a slave and doing things for you? You don't need us to do things for you, you can do things yourselves. You think that if we were free, we would end up walking the streets aimlessly. If we were free, we would try to succeed in life. If we were treated equally, we would be able to go to school, learn, and get an education. We would have the ability to become something other than a slave in life. Maybe we are trying to escape you because we know that we are worth more than what you think.
Sincerely,
Harriet Tubman

Slaves are treated in the south better than in the north

To the Editor:
I am replying to the letter of Frances Kemble in which she argues that slaves are not well treated in the south. I disagree for several reasons, if she says that slaves are treated badly in the south then people working in the factories are worse. At least they have a roof over their head that is free. At least they are taken care for. Who take's care of the factory workers.

Thank you for considering my views,
Yours truly,
Caroline Hentz

Slaves ARE well treated

to editor:

I have read Frances Kemble's comment to the you and I know that what he says is a lie. I have been to the south and have witness what happens to them and know they are well treated. I have seen them and they are not whipped unless they are behaving bad or trying to hurt someone of his kind or their owner. They do not work all day every hour since they are feed well and are rested every night. The slaves wake up every morning knowing that they got to get to work but get to talk to their friends and family. They also know that their families are well treated and that they are getting a good meal between work hours.
The slaves in the plantations are happily harvesting the crops and are not worrying about anything else since they are in a safe environment and are treated when anything bad happens to them. The salves are also well clothe and do not have to worry about what can happen to them in the sun. Lastly the southern slave owners do realize that the blacks are people but they are inferior to us making them like our children that we have to teach and discipline.

Thank you for considering my views,
sicerely,
Fernando Wood

Slaves are Well-Treated in the South

To The Editor:
In a recent issue of The Guardian you published an article entitled "Slaves are Well-Treated in The South", in which the writer argues that the slaves in the South are treated better than the free blacks in Northern states.
As the wife of a representitive