Throughout Jourdon’s letter you can see the change in attitude that he has towards his master. At the beginning of the letter you can easily tell that there is tension and resentment there. This is evident as he states that he has felt uneasy about his master and the fact that he wasn’t treated well given that Colonel Anderson had shot at him not once but twice. Then the nature of the letter changes on to forgiveness. Jourdon went on to saying that he did not wish death upon his former master and would not have liked to see him get hurt, this shows a very kind heart towards someone who did not care at all for him. Finally towards the end of the second paragraph Jourdon declared that he was grateful to him. He was grateful that he had survived. He also went on to explain that people, even though they were treated kindly, viewed him and his family as former slaves and not much else, but then Jourdon Anderson declares that it was an honor to any slave to have had Colonel Anderson as a Master. The letter also goes on to talk about what the fo...
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...listen to their masters in everything because they were nothing. And since they became free all-black churches began and almost all colored people went to those instead were the sermons were truly about god and not about following your master’s every whim. They were happier.
In conclusion since the Civil war ended in 1865 and slaves became free, the south started to deteriorate. Some old master’s even begged their old slaves to return and work for them. However they were finally free and they were happy, as Jourdon Anderson addresses in his letter to his ex-master. They now had wages and their own churches. They also had the freedom to go to their own churches and get and education. And even though they were still owed something they were finally free, freedom was everything, it was joy.
Chapter 15: Consolidating a Triumphant Union, 1865-1877
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