In the context of the political thinking of late nineteenth century, it is not surprising that Congress appropriated no aid to the Exodusters. But views that prized individual self-reliance could not excuse the narrow-minded partisanship and racism that blinded the majority of the Senate Committee to palpable evils of post-Reconstruction race relations in the South. Their report further lulled American opinion disregarding Black cries of distress, while simultaneously according the spokesman of the Redeemed South a credibility they did not merit. The Senate Committee’s majority report marked another step in American self-delusion about Southern politics. It was all the more unfortunate for its having been taken at Black Southerners’ expense.
- P.255, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3