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In 1903, W.E.B Dubois had this to say regarding Georgia plantations of 1860: “A hundred and fifty barons commanded the labor of nearly 6 thousand Negroes… Parks and groves were laid out, rich with flower and vine, and in the midst stood the low wide-halled ‘big house,’ with its porch and columns and great fireplaces.
And yet with all this the was something sordid, something forced, – a certain feverish unrest and recklessness; for was not all this show and tinsel built upon a groan? “This was a little Hell”, said a ragged, brown, and grave-faced man to me… “I’ve seen n_____s drop dead in the furrow, but they were kicked aside, and the plough never stopped. Down in the guard-house, there’s where the blood ran.”
With such foundations a kingdom must in time sway and fall…”