Excerpt from Studies in Black and White: A Novel in Which Are Exemplified the Lights and Shades in the Friendship and Trust Between Black and White Master and Slave in Their Intercourse With Each Other in Antebellum Days
In the first place: In the way of a prologue, I have pandered to those who always read the last chapter first.
In the second place: Surely, surely after forty years we are far enough removed from the times when Sambo began to moult, preparatory to assuming the plumage of Mister McDonyal, Mister John-sing, Mister Calhorn, or whatever happened to strike his newly awakened fancy, for us to be able to write and read dispassionately concerning what people thought, said, and did down in Dixie in those days. If there should be any - on either side - who harbor malice after all these years, let them lay this book down here and now; they are bound for that bourn that burns, and I have no wish to forgather with them. Forty years! Why, that is half the lifetime allotted to man! Let that suffice.
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