Ever wonder what the slaves thought after they were let free?
There’s the Tarantino version, which I would like to be true, but then there’s the real version: the slaves went out and looked for work — and some of their masters really wished they wouldn’t have.
Letters of Note has a letter written from one of those slaves, Jourdan Anderson, to his old master, Colonel Anderson. It seems as if the Colonel wanted his slave back, but Jourdan found the nicest and most respectful way possible to tell him to eff off. My favorite part:
“I served you faithfully for thirty-two years, and Mandy twenty years. At twenty-five dollars a month for me, and two dollars a week for Mandy, our earnings would amount to eleven thousand six hundred and eighty dollars. 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’s Express, in care of V. Winters, Esq., Dayton, Ohio. If you fail to pay us for faithful labors in the past, we can have little faith in your promises in the future.”
Read the whole thing on Letters of Note.