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Lippincott's Magazine, December, 1885

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Lippincott's Magazine,  December,  1885

In The Following Article I Propose To Give Some Account Of A Typical
Tobacco-Plantation In Virginia And The Life Of Its Negro Laborers As I
Have Observed It From Day To Day And Season To Season. Although It Is
Restricted To Narrow Local Bounds And Runs In The Line Of Exacting
Routine, That Life Is Yet Varied And Eventful In Its Way. The Negro
Stands So Much Apart To Himself, In Spite Of All Transforming
Influences, That Everything Relating To Him Seems Unique And Almost
Foreign. Even Now, When Emancipation Has Done So Much To Improve His
Condition, His Social And Economic Status Still Presents Peculiar And
Anomalous Aspects; And In No Part Of The South Is This More Notably The
Case Than In The Southern Counties Of Virginia, Which, Before The Late
War, Were The Principal Seat Of Slavery In The State, And Where To-Day
The Blacks Far Outnumber The Whites. This Section Has Always Been An
Important Tobacco-Region; And This Is The Explanation Of Its Teeming
Negro Population, For Tobacco Requires As Much And As Continuous Work As
Cotton. There Were Many Hundreds Of Slaves On The Large Plantations, And
Their Descendants Have Bred With Great Rapidity And Show Little
Inclination To Emigrate From The Neighborhoods Where They Were Born.

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