In Her Own Right

Martha Schofield draft letter to the editor

Image A00183352 01 lg
Date created 1877-01-01 – 1878-01-01
Creators Schofield, Martha
Description Draft letter to the editor of a periodical. From her perspective as a Northerner living in South Carolina during the Reconstruction era, Schofield examines the current racist political and social climate of the South. Denounces the old Southern regime of slavery as immoral. Depicts southern white people as full of a misplaced sense of pride and personal victimization, positing that their regressive attitude is hindering post-war social and political progress. Describes the white Southern resentment of Northern migrants, who are pressured to conform to white Southern values, and details white intimidation of black men in positions of political power. Defends the intelligence and potential of African Americans. Emphasizes the necessity of education and acceptance of change in order for the reconstruction of Southern society to succeed. Points out that reformation is a difficult process that is historically met with resistance.
Size 20 pages
Type text
Subjects Letters to the editor | Reconstruction (United States : 1865-1877) | Slavery | Racism | Race relations | African Americans--Civil rights | African Americans--Politics and government | Social problems | Education | Political corruption
Language English
View full item
Contributing institution Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Rights Please cite appropriately, crediting Martha Schofield Papers, SFHL-RG5-134, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College as the source and indicating the identifier of the item, A00183352. This work is believed to be in the Public Domain under the laws of the United States. For more information, see