1862: Dr. Esther sets out to write about freedmen volunteering to fight for the union, but once again encounters her own racial prejudices …
Dr. Esther begins to confront her own concepts of racial hierarchy; she’s about to peer into the REASONS behind the shortcoming she observes in the former slaves around her. In this passage, she seems to catch herself in racist dismissal of the local freedmen volunteers. The next step is to look into how the system of race-based Slavery can create such conditions (and perceptions).
Here are some resources for this passage:
- Dress Parade of First S.C. (photo reference for panel 1 above)
- 1st S.C. Volunteers
- Thomas Wentworth Higginson (civilwar.org bio) | Higginson (wikipedia)