To My Old Master

February 05, 2012

In August of 1865, aColonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave,Jourdon Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdon -- who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family -- responded spectacularly by way of the letter seen below.

A beautiful, honest letter that's equal parts tragic and joyful. (Kottke did some follow-up research into Jourdon Anderson and family.)

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