1. Abolitionist Olaudah Equiano
To My Old Master
In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdon Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdon — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way of the letter seen below (a letter which, according to newspapers at the time, he dictated).

    Abolitionist Olaudah Equiano

    To My Old Master

    In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdon Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdon — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way of the letter seen below (a letter which, according to newspapers at the time, he dictated).

     
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    I’ve been reading about this chap all nite
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    worth reading
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    The last paragraph though…. And the last sentence. A spectacular example of survivance.
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    Oh snap
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    This is a fantastic letter that historians love to quote.
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