**Update 3/20 To all the racist trolls from “Occidental Dissent,” I will no longer approve your uninformed racist comments/rants, so please stop posting them. My apologies to my other followers/readers for having to put up with that garbage.
While contemporary supporters of the old Confederacy often point out that racism was as widespread and intense in the North as in the slave-holding South, and this is largely true, what is shocking to me is the persistence of virulent racism today, of course not only in the South, though I think it is particularly acute among reactionary conservatives, who speak as apologists for the Confederacy. Here is an example of what I mean:
These folks clearly wouldn’t have favored any approach to emancipation.
Also check out this much more tempered discussion on Brooks Simpson’s blog, “Crossroads”:
I suppose I should look for examples of racist attitudes in the Hampshire Gazette from the 1860s.