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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
376                   CHURCH REVIEW.

mean by such an emphatic statement of what he must know is
incorrect.- Before the war, women worked as field hands,
plouged, drove wagons, cut wood, mauled rails, and did what-
ever came to hand. Now, all this is done away with, except in
cases where a woman will assist her husband in gathering his
crop when they are not able to hire help. But rail-splitting
and wagon-driving are things of the past as women's work
  Dr. Clark, a leading Methodist minister of Georgia, in an article
in the New York Independent of recent date, referred to the prac-
tice of able-bodied white men sitting in the shade while their
wives and children tilled the crops; and the contrast that he
drew was, that the parents of colored children were themselves
engaged in hard work in order to keep their children in school.
  So far as the general comfort of the masses is concerned, even
in those cases where it is not better, it cannot be worse. Slavery
allowed just enough to eat, to keep soul and body together, and
that of the roughest food; with two suits of clothes, a spring
and summer suit, and a winter suit, with one pair of shoes for
winter, none for summer. Those who remain in this condition
are the exception; the majority have bettered their condition.
  Chapter VII is "The Radical Solution." "there is but one way
to solve the problem," says the author, "and that is to send the
Negro to Africa, whence he came."  Reckoning of numbers and
reckoning of cost follow in chapters IX and X. Chapter XI is
"Will he go?" It is awaste of precious time to count the cost, or
numbers, or otherwise theorize upon removing the Negro from
America; first, because it is impracticable, and second, because
the Negro will not go. In every race and nation, I suppose, there
is a worthless, improvident class; the Negro is not an exception
to the rule. Now, this class will accept the writer's conditions
for the sake of a change. There are also some afong the very
best class who would go as adventurers. But the masses would
not go, and the absence of the worthless would but make
smoother sailing for those who remained.
  But I think that this matter can safely be trusted to God, and
the good people of America. The abolition of slavery, atter it
became permanently established, was a much harder task than
the investiture of civil rights.
  God hath wrought great things, and those who believe in
Him should not become faithless at this time.
  All the Negro asks is a man's chance in the race of life. If he
is adually inferior to his brother with whom he lives, then he
must hold second place. Let him live, let him work, let him be
an upright, honorable citizen if he prefers. This is all he asks,
and it is the least that he should be asked to accept. If the
whites do not desire to make him their social equal, there is no
Jaw to compel them, and according to the very nature of the
thing, men gravitate to their level.  If it is true, as the writer
confidently affirms, that the white people of America will never
associate with the Negro, no matter what his condition may be,
then why feel alarmed? why pass laws in so many states making
inter-marrige a penal offence ?


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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