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Dr Sarah Taber @SarahTaber_bww
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Slaveholders' letters say the darndest things.

Here's one Leonidas W. Spratt complaining to a friend in 1861 about how "poor white people voting" was an existential threat to slavery.

Source: @KeriLeighMerrit's Masterless Men
We've been living Jim Crow-style nouveau white supremacy for so long, I think we forget that it:

• is very new (maybe 5-6 generations old)

• has nothing to do with natural allegiance to one's own race or w/e

• had to be socially engineered into existence.
Masterless Men pulls back the curtain on how white supremacy as we know it came to be:

Poor whites hated slaveowners, & slavers were terrified of poor whites having real power. Slavers waged decades of propaganda + terror campaigns to push poor whites into accepting their rule.
Segregation? That was ex-slaveowners' idea. Didn't really exist before the Civil War. After it, former slavers scrambled to stay on top of their power by keeping poor whites & newly freed blacks from building social, religious, or business ties.
Gotta get on flight but tl;dr Masterless Men is 🔥🔥🔥…
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