Rollin, Frank [Frances] A.
|CHAPTER XXVII -- A NEWFIELD|
PROSPECTS OF THE FREEDMEN OF HILTON HEAD
Every true friend of the Union, residing on the island, must feel an interest in the above subject, regardless of any other consideration than that of national polity. Have the blacks become self-sustaining and will they ever, in a state of freedom, resupply the products which comprised the staples formerly of the on planters? These are question of importance, and not unworthy of consideration of grave political economists
That the blacks of the island have not been self-sustaining will not be pretended, neither can it be denied that they have been generally industrious and inclined to work. But industry alone is not sufficient, nor work available, expect these command adequate compensation
Have the blacks innately the elements of industry and enterprise? Compare them with any other people, and note their adaption. Do they not make good "day laborers"? Are they not good field hands? they not make good domestics? Are they not good house servants? Do they not readily "turn their hands" to anything or kind of work they may find to do?
If permitted, I will continue this subject in a series of equally short articles, so as not to intrude on your columns.