Thursday, February 02, 2012

Letter from a Former Slave

An excerpt from a beautifully-written letter by former slave Jourdon Anderson to his old master:

Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me.

Read the entire thing.

[HT: Eric Rodarte]


Eclecticity said...

Saw this the other day. Wonderful. I had to wonder at the same time if our man really wrote the letter himself, in that his kids were just beginning to be educated themselves. I hope he did, but even if he didn't he has a damn good friend that helped him. Thanks. E.

Michael Wade said...


I read one report citing the chance that he may have dictated the letter.