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Freedmen’s Patrol Goes Looking for a “Good” Slaveholder

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on September 17, 2014


Building off a post by Kevin Levin, one of the best (and least-heralded) CW blogs out there thoroughly dismantles the notion of a “good” slaveholder, making it clear that even masters who saw themselves as benevolent patriarchs relied on the threat of intimidation and violence to maintain their authority — and did not hesitate to use it when they needed to. (You know, benevolent patriarchs like Bobby Lee.)

Go read it now.



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  1. freedmenspatrol said, on September 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    This means a great deal to me. Thank you, Andy.

  2. Reed (the original, accept no substitutes) said, on September 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Important work, indeed. Thanks to you, Andy, and to Freedman’s Patrol and Kevin Levin.

    And by the way, where did you find the artwork at the top of the post? Wow.

    • Andy Hall said, on September 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Kevin found that somewhere in a K-12 textbook from (I think) the 1960s. I totally stole it from him.

      • Ken Noe said, on September 17, 2014 at 4:56 pm

        That’s from my seventh-grade Virginia history text, _Virginia: History, Government, Geography_, co-written by Francis Butler Simkins (New York, 1957, rev. ed., 1964). Adam Wesley Dean wrote an excellent article about its creation in the 2009 Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.

  3. msb said, on September 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks, Andy. Another site to visit regularly …

  4. magthehistorian said, on February 2, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Great post thank you for sharing! I was given the VA textbook that the image comes from. How they discuss slavery is terrible and negligent, but it does explain why so many people don’t understand how truly horrendous and vile the institution was.

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