Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Letter From An Ex-Slave

A website called Letters Of Note has posted a piece of correspondence from August, 1865, in which former slave Jourdan Anderson responds to a note he'd received from his former master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, of Big Spring, Tennessee. Jourdan, by then a free man living and working (for pay) in Ohio, laid out the conditions under which he'd consider returning to the employ of the man who had owned him. I don't want to give any of it away, because you'll want to read the letter in its entirety.