Letter to My Old Master

In 1864, after 32 long years in the service of his master, Jourdon Anderson and his wife, Amanda, escaped a life of slavery when Union Army soldiers freed them from the plantation on which they had been working so tirelessly. They grasped the opportunity with vigour, quickly moved to Ohio where Jourdon could find paid work with which to support his growing family, and didn’t look back. Then, a year later, shortly after the end of the Civil War, Jourdon received a desperate letter from Patrick Henry Anderson, the man who used to own him, in which he was asked to return to work on the plantation and rescue his ailing business.

Jourdon’s reply to the person who enslaved his family, dictated from his home on August 7th, is everything you could wish for. Take a moment to go read it, here.

One Comment on “Letter to My Old Master

  1. Hello Shelley,     I have come several times to the monthly Monday night meetings of NIOT.  I think this Ted Talk by two recent Princeton High School graduates might be an interesting video to show at one of those meetings.   Take a look and see what you think.  (Please excuse this unorthodox way of contacting NIOT, but I couldn’t see any other way of doing it.)   Walter H. Bell https://planetprinceton.com/2018/05/07/ted-talk-by-princeton-high-school-graduates-about-racial-literacy-now-available-online/  

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