James Redpath's "The Roving Editor"

James Redpath's "The Roving Editor"

Author: 
James Redpath

An ethnographic account of the South and its slaves by New York Tribune editor James Redpath. Encouraged by his employer and mentor Horace Greeley, Redpath traveled all over the south and recorded his experiences in hopes of giving his Northern audience an authentic depiction of Southern slavery. Redpath dedicates the book to John Brown.

Book Excerpt: 
"Have any of your children been sold?" I inquired."Yes," she said, sobbing, the tears beginning to trickle down her furrowed cheeks, "three on 'em. Two boys were sold down South -- I don't know where they is; and my oldest son was sold to Texas three years since.... it seems as if this life was to be a hard trial to colored people.… I's no hopes of seeing my boys agin this side the Land."
Year of Publication: 
Sat, 1859-01-01
Rights Information: 
public domain
City of Publication: 
New York City
Book Publisher: 
A.B. Burdick