Disregarding Black Cries of Distress

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

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