The Making Of A Slave! This speech was delivered by Willie Lynch on the bank of the James River in the colony of Virginia in 1
May 22, - Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies. I greet you here on the bank of the James River in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twelve.
First, I shall thank you, the gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia, for bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some of your problems with slaves. Your invitation reached me on my modest plantation in the West Indies, where I have experimented with some of the newest, and still the oldest, methods for control of slaves.
Ancient Rome would envy us if my program is implemented. As our boat sailed south on the James River, named for our illustrious King, whose version of the Bible we cherish, I saw enough to know that your problem is not unique. While Rome used cords of wood as crosses for standing human bodies along its highways in great numbers, you are here using the tree and the rope on occasions.
I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree, a couple miles back.
You are not only losing valuable stock by hangings, you are having uprisings, slaves are running away, your crops are sometimes left in the fields too long for maximum profit, you suffer occasional fires, your animals are killed.
Gentlemen, you know what your problems are; I do not need to elaborate. I am not here to enumerate your problems, I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them.
My method is simple. Any member of your family or your overseer can use it. These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies and it will work throughout the South. Take this simple little list of differences and think about them.
You must use the DARK skin slaves vs. You must also have white servants and overseers [who] distrust all Blacks. Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control. Have your wives and children use them, never miss an opportunity.
I and many of them attained astonishing proficiency in this direction. They had to deal not with earth, wood and stone, but with men and, by every regard, they had for their own safety and prosperity they needed to know the material on which they were to work, conscious of the injustice and wrong they were every hour perpetuating and knowing what they themselves would do.
Were they the victims of such wrongs? They were constantly looking for the first signs of the dreaded retribution. They watched therefore with skilled and practiced eyes, and learned to read with great accuracy, the state of mind and heart of the slave, through his sable face.
Unusual sobriety, apparent abstractions, sullenness and indifference indeed, any mood out of the common was afforded ground for suspicion and inquiry.
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This speech was said to have been delivered by Willie Lynch on the bank of the James River in the colony of Virginia in Lynch was a . The Willie Lynch Letter And the Making of A Slave [Willie Lynch] on r-bridal.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A required reading for various courses and Reviews: But is the letter real?
Did Lynch really give a speech on controlling blacks that still exists to this day? r-bridal.com asked William Jelani Cobb, Ph.D., a professor and d irector of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut and writer for the New Yorker Magazine, to reprint his article that examines the letter.