The Web of Restraints

Richard C. Wade's Book: "Slavery in the Cities"

5/3/20231 min read


Slaveholders “felt that the whole system of servitude would collapse if the blacks picked up the rudiments of learning. ‘To prevent the general instruction of Negroes in the arts of reading and writing,’ thus became in the words of the Southern Literary Messenger, ‘a measure of police essential to the tranquility, nay to the existence of Southern society.’”