Position to a Lawful Celebration

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Title

Position to a Lawful Celebration

Subject

African Americans, celebrations, race relations, violence

Description

In 1865 David B. White, a former colonel of the New York 81st Infantry Volunteers, established the True Southerner in Hampton (later moved to Norfolk). Operating with the motto "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal," he advocated the interests of Virginia's freedpeople. In this editorial, White responded to inaccurate accounts of a riot in Norfolk in which whites attacked a parade of African Americans celebrating the recent passage of a national civil rights act. He placed the blame on whites who "attacked the negroes without provocation," and posed the question whether loyal Virginians were to abandon celebrations "in our own country, lest we offend the enemy?"

Creator

David B. White

Source

Norfolk True Southerner, April 19, 1866

Publisher

True Southerner

Date

April 1868

Contributor

Library of Virginia

Rights

CC BY-SA

Format

JPG

Type

Newspaper

Identifier

True Southerner_04-19-1866

Coverage

Norfolk, Virginia

Citation

David B. White, “Position to a Lawful Celebration,” Remaking Virginia: Transformation Through Emancipation, accessed October 17, 2019, http://www.virginiamemory.com/online-exhibitions/items/show/585.

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