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Biography of a Slave; Being the Experiences of Rev. Charles Thompson, a Preacher of the United Brethren Church, While a Slave in the South
			
62           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
ately went to Dansley's, and stayed with him nine
months-nine months of contented time.
  I found my new master every way worthy of
any confidence I might repose in him. In moder-
ate circumstances, he used prudence and diligence
in his business transactions and farm operations.
He was one of those kind of men some of which
may be found in almost every community-an
unassuming, industrious, Christian gentleman.
  For his farm-force he hired men, both white
and black; and when his work pushed him he
would require his cook and house-maid, the only
slaves he owned, to assist in the fields. At the
time of my commencing to work for him he had
white men hired who were worse, if any thing,
in their habits of shiftless laziness than the lazy
blacks. These whites, whom the negroes usually
termed "white trash," were, as a general thing,
the most vicious, brutal, thieving, shiftless, and
lazy human beings imaginable. They were ig
norant in the greatest degree, and would not
work so long as they could obtain food to sustain
life in any other way. They deemed it an honor
to be noticed civilly by a respectable negro, and
would fawn and truckle to the behests of any
one who had the physical courage to command
them. Such people can be found in no place
except the South.  They are  a result of the




			
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