1 They used to have a certain magnificent barbarism about them that I liked.
2 Then the false slime closing about them called the white men from the east.
3 The blackboard had grown by about two feet, and the seats were still without backs.
4 From such schools about two thousand Negroes have gone forth with the bachelor's degree.
5 We shall hardly induce black men to believe that if their stomachs be full, it matters little about their brains.
6 Still, settlers fought shy of this land, for the Indians were all about, and they were unpleasant neighbors in those days.
7 It was about ten in the morning, bright with a faint breeze, and we jogged leisurely southward in the valley of the Flint.
8 There was Sam Carlon, an impudent old skinflint, who had definite notions about "niggers," and hired Ben a summer and would not pay him.
9 All are sprinkled in little groups over the face of the land, centering about some dilapidated Big House where the head-tenant or agent lives.
10 The dwellings were scattered rather aimlessly, but they centred about the twin temples of the hamlet, the Methodist, and the Hard-Shell Baptist churches.
11 The former masters of the land were peremptorily ordered about, seized, and imprisoned, and punished over and again, with scant courtesy from army officers.
12 She had about her a certain fineness, the shadow of an unconscious moral heroism that would willingly give all of life to make life broader, deeper, and fuller for her and hers.
13 We had come to the boundaries of Dougherty, and were about to turn west along the county-line, when all these sights were pointed out to us by a kindly old man, black, white-haired, and seventy.
14 Oglethorpe thought slavery against law and gospel; but the circumstances which gave Georgia its first inhabitants were not calculated to furnish citizens over-nice in their ideas about rum and slaves.
15 It is not difficult now to say to the young freedman, cheated and cuffed about who has seen his father's head beaten to a jelly and his own mother namelessly assaulted, that the meek shall inherit the earth.
16 For a radius of a hundred miles about Albany, stretched a great fertile land, luxuriant with forests of pine, oak, ash, hickory, and poplar; hot with the sun and damp with the rich black swamp-land; and here the corner-stone of the Cotton Kingdom was laid.
17 So skilfully and so closely has he drawn the bonds of the law about the tenant, that the black man has often simply to choose between pauperism and crime; he "waives" all homestead exemptions in his contract; he cannot touch his own mortgaged crop, which the laws put almost in the full control of the land-owner and of the merchant.
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