Tuesday, March 5, 2013
“Negro men, who had wandered a while looking for an invisible freedom, came back and went to work on the farm from force of habit. They now received wages and bought their own food. That was the only apparent difference that freedom had brought them.” Walter Hines Page from Reminiscences of his boyhood during the WBTS.
“The war abolished slavery and with the exception of a few Negroes who found that freedom brought them cares and hardships such as they had not known in slavery, I never heard a Southerner say he regretted it.” Robert Catlett Cave
Even after the war, while 25 Million European Immigrants migrated to the Northern States from 1865 to 1915 - the Migration of blacks to Northern States was absolutely minimal as the Percentage of Blacks to White from 1860 to 1910 Census figures in the North - remains almost unchanged. It's obvious that Northern Citizens may have advocated freeing the slaves; however there would be almost zero migration of blacks to the north for almost fifty years after the war. These numbers make the “War was fought to Free Slaves” argument a Joke. Bobby Edwards