"Return of Negroes to Louisiana," The New York Times, September 11, 1866, 1
The Planters' Banner, a paper well informed in regard to affairs in the State, says the negroes are returning to the old plantations all over St. Mary's parish, and that they have been flocking in for the whole of the past year. Once back in their former cabins, they acknowledge, after their weary pilgrimage among strangers and conniving friends, that there's no place like home. The kindly feelings of past years are fast returning. Rid the South of the Freedmen's Bureau, the schoolmarms and the peripatetic newsmongers from the East, and Sambo will reoccupy his normal position as a cultivator of the soil and a confiding dependent of his former friend and master.
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