The Leopard's Spots: A Romance of the White Man's Burden--1865-1900

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Doubleday, Page & Company, 1902 - Reconstruction - 465 pages

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Leopard's spots is famous for being one of the most racist novels of all times. When I heard of it I added to my queue so that I could try to see from inside someone else's head. Due to the recent ... Read full review

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The sub-title says it all for this book. The Leopard's Spots is the first of the so-called Clansman Triology written by Dixon at the outset of the 20th century. This first of the threesome tells the ... Read full review

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Page 67 - I will say then that I am not, or ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races — that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people...
Page 440 - To him that hath shall be given ; and from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
Page 94 - Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place In all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.
Page 131 - The foxes had holes, and the birds of the air had nests ; but the Son of man had not where to lay his head, Luke ix.
Page 67 - I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people, and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races...
Page 94 - For a thousand years in Thy sight Are but as yesterday when it is past, And as a watch in the night. Thou carriest them away as with a flood ; they are as a sleep : In the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up ; In the evening it is cut...
Page 460 - The more you educate, the more impossible you make his position in a democracy. Education! Can you change the colour of his skin, the kink of his hair, the bulge of his lips, the spread of his nose, or the beat of his heart, with a spelling book? The Negro is the human donkey. You can train him, but you can't make of him a horse. Mate him with a horse, you lose the horse, and get a larger donkey called a mule, incapable of preserving his species.
Page 333 - In a Democracy you cannot build a nation inside of a nation of two antagonistic races ; and therefore the future American must be either an AngloSaxon or a Mulatto.
Page 382 - Amalgamation simply meant Africanisation. The big nostrils, flat nose, massive jaw, protruding lip and kinky hair will register their animal marks over the proudest intellect and the rarest beauty of any other race. The rule that had no exception was that one drop of Negro blood makes a Negro. What could be the outcome of it? What was his duty as a citizen and a member of civilised society? Since the scenes through which he had passed with Tom Camp and that mob, the question was insistent and personal....
Page 393 - I happen to ; know the important fact that a man or woman of negro ancestry, though a century removed, will suddenly breed back to a pure negro child, thick lipped, kinky headed, flat nosed, black skinned. One drop of your blood in my family could push it backward three thousand years in history.

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