Mr.Thomas Nelsons Page And The Old Time Negro

November 19, 1904

Summary

“Mr. Thomas Nelson Page writes an article for Scribner's Magazine for November under the title of “The Old Time Negro”” attempting to “ atone for the unkind things that he has published about one of the kindliest races of people” that being black people.

Transcription

Mr. Thomas Nelson Page writes an article for Scribner's Magazine for November under the title of “The Old Time Negro” and it seems to be attempting in a measure, at least, to atone for the unkind things that he has published about one of the kindliest races of people on the face of the globe. His portrayal of old-time conditions are true to life and will in a great measure tend to create a favorable impression with reference to the devoted, black child of the Southland. He says:
“That the ‘old-time Negro’ is passing away is one of the common sayings all over the South, where once he was as well known as the cotton plant and the oak tree. Indeed he has become so rare that even now when a gray and wrinkled survivor is found he is regarded as an exceptional character, and he will soon be as extinct as the dodo. That he will leave a gap which can hardly be filled is as certain as that the old-time cavalier or the foster-father of romance has left his gap.
He continues:
“The ‘new issue’ at which the old-time Negro, who had been the servant and the associate of gentlemen, once turned up his nose from his well secured position, and of which he spoke in terms of scornful reprobation, has, with the passing of time ousted him from his stool, and he is no longer the “new issue,” but the general type that prevails commonly- the Negro with his problem; a problem which it may take all the wisdom, all the forbearance, and all the resolution of the white race to solve…..
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Megan Brooks

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“Mr.Thomas Nelsons Page And The Old Time Negro,” Black Virginia: The Richmond Planet, 1894-1909, accessed September 24, 2020, https://blackvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/775.