The Charlotte News
Monday, April 19, 1948
In 1776, albeit prior to the invention of the cotton gin in 1793, not coming into widespread use prior to around 1830, causing a vast expansion of slavery thereafter up to the Civil War for its new profitability in accelerating the process of picking cotton, the notion of condemning slavery, as Mr. Jefferson's draft obviously did, lest the charge be made by the British of hypocrisy, was hardly one which would be considered "practicable", that term more nearly compatible with the compromise which the Second Continental Congress effected so as to avoid defeat of the resolution for independence by South Carolina and Georgia, to enable adoption of the Declaration as finally written, without the clause on slavery.
Thus, in 1948, 80 years after the ratification of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, respectively, abolishing slavery, assuring Equal Protection of the law and Due Process to all citizens, and providing the right to vote to all citizens, where is it likely that Thomas Jefferson would have stood on the notions advanced by President Truman: an end to segregated interstate transportation facilities, Federal anti-poll tax legislation, Federal anti-lynching legislation, and assurance of Federal oversight to provide for equal opportunity and pay in employment transacted within interstate commerce, when, during the passage of those eight decades, it had been made plain that the Southern states were not holding true to the rights embodied in the three post-Civil War ammendments or even fully according the basic precept of the discredited separate-but-equal doctrine enunciated by the Supreme Court in 1896 in Plessy v. Ferguson, which hardly served to provide equal facilities, especially in the crucial area of education? The answer, we assert, has to be regarded as self-evident
But, you can always view that whole process as the work of commees during connivance to draw a draught, such that you are actually, therefore, still subject only to the Crown
Quote of the Day: "The man who sells his vote to the
crooks is not as bad or as stupid as the man who gives it to them
for free, which the stay at home does." —Kingsport (Tenn.)
"'There to lose what binds us here,' she murmured. 'Soles. Filleted. In time for lunch please,' she said aloud. 'With a feather, a blue feather . . . flying mounting through the air . . . there to lose what binds us here . . .' The words weren't worth writing in the book bound like an account book in case Giles suspected. 'Abortive,' was the word that expressed her. She never came out of a shop, for example, with the clothes she admired; nor did her figure, seen against the dark roll of trousering in a shop window, please her. Thick of waist, large of limb, and, save for her hair, fashionable in the tight modern way, she never looked like Sappho, or one of the beautiful young men whose photographs adorned the weekly papers. She looked what she was: Sir Richard's daughter; and niece of the two old ladies at Wimbledon who were so proud, being O'Neils, of their descent from the Kings of Ireland."
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