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Publisher: New York: Cassell Pub. Co. Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be numerous typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to where you can select from more than a million books for free. You can also preview the book there....

Title : pactolus prime
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ISBN : 9939576
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 359 Pages
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  • Matthew
    2019-01-27 20:25

    I didn't know a work from the 19th century could make me want to cry. Pactolus Prime is some of Judge Tourgee's best fiction and social commentary at the same time. Prophetic, as always, his protagonist, Prime, a black "boot black"in Washington, D.C., compels his privileged and powerful customers to consider life from the perspective of an ex-slave. "[The American people] desire credit for having eradicated evil; but are unwilling to discountenance the impulse from which it sprung. They abolished slavery, but in the same breath said to those who had drenched a continent in blood in support of its infamies, in effect: '...We will not listen to their cries; we will not defend their rights; we will not redress their wrongs!' So the stock of slavery,-the underlying principle of the essential inferiority of a race,- being freely watered with the blood of freemen, is sending up new and more vigorous shoots, which are already yielding fruits hardly inferior in acrid horror to those which hung upon the tree which was cut down with such a show of earnest purpose to destroy." "We forbade marriage to millions: will the marriage tie become a mockery with us? We falsified our religion and our laws, in order to make them an excuse and a justification for wrong: shall we suffer in our liberties and our faith? We robbed him of the proceeds of his toil; is it possible that we ourselves may become the victims of an intangible but irresistible translation of power from the hands of the many to the hands of the few?"