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Quotations From REBECCA LATIMER FELTON

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  • It was a time of madness, the sort of mad-hysteria that always presages war. There seems to be nothing left but war—when any population in any sort of a nation gets violently angry, civilization falls down and religion forsakes its hold on the consciences of human kind in such times of public madness.
    Rebecca Latimer Felton (1835-1930), U.S. author. Country Life in Georgia in the Days of My Youth, ch. 1 (1919). Recalling the period preceding the Civil War.

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  • It was a marvel, an enigma in abolition latitudes, that the slaves did not rise en-masse, at the beginning of hostilities.
    Rebecca Latimer Felton (1835-1930), U.S. author. Country Life in Georgia in the Days of My Youth, ch. 2 (1919). By "the hostilities," Felton meant the Civil War. She was a slaveowner who came to disbelieve in slavery. This remark is from Felton's 1919 synopsis of a 1900 address she gave in Augusta, Georgia, to the Daughters of the Confederacy.
  • When white men were willing to put their own offspring in the kitchen and corn field and allowed them to be sold into bondage as slaves and degraded them as another man's slave, the retribution of wrath was hanging over this country and the South paid penance in four years of bloody war.
    Rebecca Latimer Felton (1835-1930), U.S. author. Country Life in Georgia in the Days of My Youth, ch. 1 (1919). Referring to the "offspring" born of slaveowners' illicit sex with slave women. Felton herself was a slaveowner who came to oppose slavery.

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  • The utter helplessness of a conquered people is perhaps the most tragic feature of a civil war or any other sort of war.
    Rebecca Latimer Felton (1835-1930), U.S. author. Country Life in Georgia in the Days of My Youth, ch. 2 (1919). Remembering the aftermath of the Civil War. This remark comes from Felton's synopsis of an address she gave in 1900, in Augusta, Georgia, to the Daughters of the Confederacy.

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