William Machen Letter re Negro Uprising

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Title

William Machen Letter re Negro Uprising

Subject

Slavery, freedom, uprising, hanging, lynching

Description

In October 1861, William Machen wrote a letter to his sister. Though the exact relationship between Machen and Maas remains unclear, that letter was included with personal effects of Samuel Maas' family. A German immigrant to Texas, Maas settled in the Galveston area where he became a prominent and wealthy businessman. In the letter, Machen details the excitement regarding President Lincoln's election, specifically rumors circulating regarding his plan to free the slaves. While this understandably causes happiness for blacks in the area, it is quite upsetting for whites who feel that the blacks are becoming to agitated and unruly. Plans are made for a possible hanging.

Creator

India R. Miles

Source

Samuel Maas Papers, GA 12, Folder 6. Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Date

October 1861

Contributor

India R. Miles

Language

English

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Date Added
October 14, 2013
Item Type
Document
Citation
India R. Miles, “William Machen Letter re Negro Uprising,” Early Transatlantic Writing Project, accessed June 23, 2017, http://transatlanticwriting.com/items/show/25.
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