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tara gilesbie
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« on: December 04, 2019, 05:30:33 am »

I was quite disappointed at the general appearance of things in New Bedford. The impression which I had received respecting the character and condition of the people of the north, I found to be singularly erroneous. I had very strangely supposed, while in slavery, that few of the comforts, and scarcely any of the luxuries, of life were enjoyed at the north, compared with what were enjoyed by the slaveholders of the south. I probably came to this conclusion from the fact that northern people owned no slaves. I supposed that they were about upon a level with the nonslaveholding population of the south. I knew they were exceedingly poor, and I had been accustomed to regard their poverty as the necessary consequence of their being non‐slaveholders. I had somehow imbibed the opinion that, in the absence of slaves, there could be no wealth, and very little refinement. And upon coming to the north, I expected to meet with a rough, hardhanded, and uncultivated population, living in the most Spartan-like simplicity, knowing nothing of the ease, luxury, pomp, and grandeur of southern slaveholders. Such being my conjectures, any one acquainted with the appearance of New Bedford may very readily infer how palpably I must have seen my mistake.

- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (pg. 96)
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2019, 06:39:47 am »

a smart person, made an incorrect opinion of a people by using bad data to come to that conclusion.  Then, when faced with new information, changed his opinion of those people.  Good for him.  Freedom quote by default I guess, but not sure why you think it needs a thread.
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