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Old 05-06-2014, 12:09 PM   #220
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Originally Posted by phreaky View Post
Well firstly "she". She would have been in a society that would have most likely have shielded her from many of the harsh realities of the former slave trade. She lived in New York, far away from the South and cotton fields where mass use and abuse of slaves took place.

Fair enough there were the New York draft riot only a few years before she was born, but this was not the time where access to information would have been that easy. Also those riots were a bit of a blot on the history of the city and possibly not talked about in "polite company".

Slavery in New York had been abolished and the last slaves set free long before her birth. So given her surroundings it's not unreasonable to think that she naively thought blacks were relatively well treated.


Yes I do. If she wanted to be malicious then the Gollywogg wouldn't have been a friendly character. She would have shown what she considered the base characteristics of a brute.
She also let him hang around with those dutch dolls. White female characters. How many White people back then would have let a black man be friends with there daughters?....
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