Author: Basil L. Gildersleeve

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“Sambo and the Ass” by Basil L. Gildersleeve (April 5, 1864)

In this essay, published in the Richmond Examiner on April 5, 1864, Basil L. Gildersleeve gives voice to the reluctance of many white Southerners during the American Civil War (1861–1865) to dispense with the institution of slavery. Gildersleeve was a professor of Greek and Hebrew at the University of Virginia from 1856 until 1873, and penned sixty-three editorials for the Richmond paper between October 1863 and August 1864.

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“Miscegenation” by Basil L. Gildersleeve (April 18, 1864)

In this essay, published in the Richmond Examiner on April 18, 1864, Basil L. Gildersleeve warns against the dangers of race-mixing. Gildersleeve was a professor of Greek and Hebrew at the University of Virginia from 1856 until 1873, and penned sixty-three editorials for the Richmond paper between October 1863 and August 1864.

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