Jourdan anderson. Freed Slave Writes Letter to Former Master: You Owe Us $11,680 for 52 Years of Unpaid Labor (1865) 2019-01-20

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Was Never Any Pay

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They go to Sunday-School, and Mandy and me attend church regularly. I have often felt uneasy about you. I would have gone back to see you all when I was working in the Nashville Hospital, but one of the neighbors told me that Henry intended to shoot me if he ever got a chance. Dayton, Ohio, August 7, 1865 To My Old Master, Colonel P. Anderson asked Jourdon Anderson, a free man, to return to his Tennessee farm. This seminal work also includes Depression Era interviews of ex-slaves by the Federal Writers' Project, which are amazing.

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Freed Slave Writes Letter to Former Master: You Owe Us $11,680 for 52 Years of Unpaid Labor (1865)

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I am doing tolerably well here. From your old servant, Jourdon Anderson. There are multiple George Carters in Wilson County in the period in question, but the likely one is a carpenter who appears in censii in 1850, 1860, and 1870 in the same township as the Andersons. It would do me good to go back to the dear old home again and see Miss Mary and Miss Martha and Allen, Esther, Green, and Lee. Surely there will be a day of reckoning for those who defraud the laborer of his hire.

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Jordan Anderson

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I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this, for harboring Rebs they found at your house. I served you faithfully for thirty- two years and Mandy twenty years. He was dead less than two years after that, while Anderson himself lived to the age of eighty-one before passing away in 1907. Many darkies would have been proud, as I used to was, to call you master. I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this, for harboring Rebs they found at your house.

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“To My Old Master” by Jourdan Anderson

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Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living. In 1864, after 32 long years in the service of his master, Jourdon Anderson and his wife, Amanda, escaped a life of slavery when Union Army soldiers freed them from the plantation on which they had been working so tirelessly. He then may have worked at the Cumberland Military Hospital in before eventually settling in , moving with the help of the surgeon in charge of the hospital, Dr. Mandy says she would be afraid to go back without some proof that you are sincerely disposed to treat us justly and kindly- - and we have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you. The children feel hurt when they hear such remarks, but I tell them it was no disgrace in Tennessee to belong to Col. Many darkeys would have been proud, as I used to be, to call you master.

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Jourdan Anderson and the Unpaid Debts of American Slavery : We're History

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Here I draw my wages every Saturday night; but in Tennessee there was never any pay-day for the negroes any more than for the horses and cows. You know how it was with poor Matilda and Catherine. In answering this letter please state if there would be any safety for my Milly and Jane, who are now grown up and both good-looking girls. We trust the good Maker has opened your eyes to the wrongs which you and your fathers have done to me and my fathers, in making us toil for you for generations without recompense. More than 20 blacks were elected to the U. Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living.

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Jourdon Anderson's Letter to His Old Master

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Add to this the interest for the time our wages have been kept back, and deduct what you paid for our clothing, and three doctor's visits to me, and pulling a tooth for Mandy, and the balance will show what we are in justice entitled to. Please send the money by Adams Express, in care of V. Surely there will be a day of reckoning for those who defraud the laborer of his hire. I love it even more knowing that this letter was not fictitious though I would have enjoyed it just the same if I were. Now, if you will write and say what wages you will give me, I will be better able to decide whether it would be to my advantage to move back again. As to my freedom, which you say I can have, there is nothing to be gained on that score, as I got my free papers in 1864 from the Provost-Marshal-General of the Department of Nashville. Give my love to them all, and tell them I hope we will meet in the better world, if not in this.

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Letter from Jourdon Anderson: A Freedman Writes His Former Master

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Mandy says she would be afraid to go back without some proof that you are sincerely disposed to treat us justly and kindly; and we have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you. The original: Jourdon Anderson's letter was dictated and published in the New York Daily Tribune in 1865 He writes: ' If you fail to pay us for faithful labors in the past, we can have little faith in your promises in the future. He cannot read or write, and Amanda can only read, but all of his children attend school in the records shown. Calculating thirty-two years of labor for himself and twenty for his wife, Anderson set the bill at nearly twelve thousand dollars. The Jourdan Anderson wrote in the summer of 1865 to the Tennessee man who had once enslaved him and his family became an instant legend.

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Letter from Jourdon Anderson: A Freedman Writes His Former Master

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Mandy says she would be afraid to go back without some proof that you are sincerely disposed to treat us justly and kindly -- and we have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you. I have often felt uneasy about you. In 1879, the federal troops withdrew and states began to govern themselves. . You will also please state if there has been any schools opened for the colored children in your neighborhood, the great desire of my life now is to give my children an education, and have them form virtuous habits. I suppose they never heard about your going to Colonel Martin's to kill the Union soldier that was left by his company in their stable. I guess where I really got confirmation that he was being sarcastic would be the main claim for me.

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What happened to the former slave that wrote his old master?

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As further support of the authenticity of the letter and its contents, I direct the reader to the 1870, 1880, and 1900 federal censii for Dayton, Ohio which show Jordan Anderson b Dec 1825 in Tennessee in a household with his wife Amanda b Oct 1829 in Tennessee. Many darkies would have been proud, as I used to be, to call you master. Give my love to them all, and tell them I hope we will meet in the better world, if not in this. I served you faithfully for thirty-two years and Mandy twenty years. The children feel hurt when they hear such remarks, but I tell them it was no disgrace in Tennessee to belong to Col.

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A Free Man's Letter to A Former Slaveowner in 1865

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You will also please state if there has been any schools opened for the colored children in your neighborhood. I would rather stay here and starve and die if it comes to that than have my girls brought to shame by the violence and wickedness of their young masters. Give my love to them all, and tell them I hope we will meet in the better world, if not in this. If you fail to pay us for faithful labors in the past, we can have little faith in your promises in the future. Please send the money by Adams Express, in care of V. Now if you will write and say what wages you will give me, I will be better able to decide whether it would be to my advantage to move back again.

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