Its always fascinating for me to read or learn about an historical account of the times in which my ancestors lived. As you might imagine, the Slave Narratives are a treasure for me; as is the story book account of my own family history.
However, its rare to get a glimpse into the mind of southerners on the other side of the line. I’m speaking, of course, of the slaveholders. Today, I was reading one of the other Gen-Blogs I frequent and came across an excerpt of The Diaries of James Henry Hammond, A Southern Slaveholder. I’m sure Mr. Hammond would be surprised at the world we live in today. But I found it eye opening to read his thoughts and worries as the world he knew began to crumble around him.