Sidney Andrews Quotes

The negro is no model of virtue or manliness. He loves idleness, he has little conception of right and wrong, and he is improvident to the last degree of childishness. He is a creature,--as some of our own people will do well to keep carefully in mind,--he is a creature just forcibly released from slavery. The havoc of war has filled his heart with confused longings, and his ears with confused sounds of rights and privileges: it must be the nation's duty, for it cannot be left wholly to his late master, to help him to a clear understanding of these rights and privileges, and also to lay upon him a knowledge of his responsibilities. He is anxious to learn, and is very tractable in respect to minor matters; but we shall need almost infinite patience with him, for he comes very slowly to moral comprehensions.

Some whites began to understand the negative effect that slavery had on the Negroes. He like many Northerners interested in the rehabilitation of former slaves was convinced that a strong education program was necessary and the ex-slaves should not be dependent in their ex-masters for the education and acclimation to American life. However, with a President (Andrew Johnson) uninterested in Black development and a local white population totally opposed to such efforts only a little progress was made and the consequences affected America for the next 100 years.

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