Nell Irvin Painter – Terrorism As Motivation

As an original stimulus to the Exodus, the role of drummers was negligible; at most, they may have helped keep the Exodus going. Terrorism and poverty lay at the root of the Exodus, and a Black Mississippian identified them as the reputed emigration agents: “The National government has stood idly by and refused to protect us against lawlessness, and to-day the blood of 500 innocent colored martyrs calls from the ground and arouses us to action. These are the ‘agents’ and ‘free homes’.”25

  • 25 Samuel W. Winn, Enterprise, Mississippi, New Orleans Southwestern Christian Advocate, May 29, 1879
  • P.190, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3



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