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The Solid South

March 15, 2012

Image from Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York

THE SOLID SOUTH.

One of the Potent Means for Maintaining Its Solidity.

National Republican.

The democrats of the Southern States have introduced divers and sundry devices for controlling the colored vote. Sometimes it has been the shotgun and the rifle, but the most potent of those methods which do not take life, is that adopted by the Charleston [News and Courier] in 1876, by keeping the following in its columns day after day:

If you want a porter, employ a democrat.

If you want a driver, employ a democrat.

If you want a tailor, employ a democrat.

If you want a plasterer, employ a democrat.

If you want a gardener, employ a democrat.

If you want a shoemaker, employ a democrat.

If you want beef, pork, mutton, etc., patronize a democrat.

If you want a whitewasher, employ a democrat.

If you want a servant, employ the daughter of a democrat.

If you want  tinker, employ a democrat.

If you want drayage done, employ a democrat.

If you want a blacksmith, employ a democrat.

If you want a carpenter, employ a democrat.

If you want painting done, employ a democrat.

If you want shaving or hair cutting done, go to a democratic barber.

If you want a washerwoman, employ the wife, daughter or sister of a democrat.

This will not be changed, notwithstanding Hancock fulminated the following in his letter of acceptance:

It is only by a full vote, a free ballot and fair court that the people can rule in fact as required by the theory of our government. Take this foundation away and the whole structure falls.

Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) Sep 10, 1880