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To My Old Master

In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdan Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdan — 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). Rather than quote the numerous highlights in this letter, I'll simply leave you to enjoy it. Do make sure you read to the end.


Dayton, Ohio,

August 7, 1865

To My Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee

Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you. I thought the Yankees would have hung

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  • Slavery in America.
    Ended by Republican's, fought for by the Democrat's.
    Democrat's also founded the KKK incidentally.

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  • This is the most polite 'Eff You' letter I've ever read.

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  • cool read

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  • Holy shit, Jesus Christ and boy howdy! If that's real, that is the most incredible letter I can recall ever reading!
    If that doesn't warm and freeze your blood at the same time, nothing can.
    MOST outstanding.....and I hope to hell his kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and all future offspring did well for themselves.
    Very cool.

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  • poor blacks.

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  • Awesome reading from history if it is authentic. Tough times and events indeed.

    Good to see the slaves from the South make something of their new lives in the new country.

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    • @mphatik Freedom is now associated with welfare so who really wins? If the letter is authentic I really doubt he would be pleased with the way things are in America today, he seemed to value hard work and education and not murder, robbery, drug dealing and such as a ways to make a living.

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  • A fine letter. Basically saying. "Fuck you very much". ha ha

    I'm from Tenn. and I have never heard of Big Spring(s), Tenn.

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  • haha would have loved to have seen the old slave master's face when he read the part about the back-pay and interest. Good on the freed man for this.

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  • P.S. Kiss my ass too!

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  • Reader's digest condensensed version:
    Fuck you!

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  • john henry hammond 1865

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  • Now weese all slaves tu da massers behind da cutain.

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    • @john1054
      Thats a shame, I was hoping it was real.

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    • @badMother you fell for a hoax...its as simple as that.

      you wanted it to be real but because you are ignorant to the reality of slavery and the disposition of black people, you just got suckered...simple as that.

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  • Seemed like a request for reparations.........

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    • @uschairforcesgt

      It is still quite appropriate and quite overdue as it has never been honored.

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    • @uschairforcesgt

      I did. They told me to tell the families of the white bastards that raped and robbed them to pay up. They explicitly stated that they want the money, land, etc., to go to their families.

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    • @esauistheend all men of all colors are guilty see you in hell bro

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    • @esauistheend
      The bible nor Jesus condemn slavery. So as far as punishment goes, it won't be for that.

      The Exodus verse talks about kidnapping, not slavery BTW.

      Here's that same chapter, but an earlier verse:
      Exodus 21:2-21
      If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything. If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him. If his master gives him a wife and she bear More..

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    • @esauistheend
      That's not God speaking in Psalms there, that is Asaph, king David's (another monster) music director who wrote songs and music for Psalms. Asaph wrote that as a song about God destroying the non-believers, back when ancient hebrews were looking for a divine excuse for the slaughter and enslavement of tribes and kingdoms to gain territory for Isreal.

      So that (Psalm 50) was not God speaking to or through David's music director.

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  • blacks in America this day could not spell half the words in this letter much less dictate it in clear english.

    Emancipation Fail. Their new MASTERS are democrat politicians, promising crumbs for votes.

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  • Jourdon was most certainly a wise, unusually well-educated and incredibly articulate servant. I find it so impressive that I'm going to save it in my favorites - I'll reference it when I find myself at a loss for words penning my next F-U letter. ;-)

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