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Alfred H. Stone Collection
Volume: 71

29. [Nathaniel P. Banks], Emancipated Labor in Louisiana (N.p., [1865?]). (45 p.)

Address concerning the organization of freedmen to work on plantations following the occupation of south Louisiana by Union troops. The address was delivered before the Young Men’s Christian Commission at Boston on October 30, 1864, and again at Charlestown, Massachusetts, on November 1, 1864, by the commander of the Department of the Gulf who was in Massachusetts on leave. A lengthy appendix contains orders concerning the hiring of freedmen on plantations in Union occupied territory, including a list twenty-five regulations concerning labor contracts for 1864. Mr. Stone has marked many passages in this address and has penciled notes in the margins. For example, Gen. Banks ends the address with this sentence. “The success of our cause, which is to maintain the integrity of our national authority and preserve the institutions of liberty, depends upon the just judgment of the people!” Mr. Stone has written “Good advice however meant” in the margin above the passage. (This pamphlet is signed “With respects of N. P. Banks M[.] G. V[.]” in ink on the title page.)