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WHAT MISCEGENATION IS !




WHAT WE ARE TO EXPECT



Now that Mr. Lincoln is Re-elected.



By L. SEAMAN, LL. D.



WALLER & WILLETTS, Publishers,

NEW YORK.



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WHAT MISCEGENATION IS !




WHAT WE ARE TO EXPECT



Now that Mr, Lincoln is Re-elected.



By L. SEAMAN, LL. D.



WALLER & WILLETTS, Publishers,

NEW YORK.



TO
Henry Ward Beeohee, the good man of Brooklyn Heights, for whom,
as a Man, a Christian and an Abolitionist, we have a sincere, a profound
and everlasting regard, this work is affectionately dedicated, by

THE AUTHOR.



MISCEGENATION.



u What is Miscegenation ?" is an oft repeated inquiry. A. word not
recognized by Webster, Johnson, or Worcester, and yet in general use.
The following definition is according to the popular acceptation of the
term :

Miscegenation, noun — The act of mixing or state of being mixed ; a
mass or compound of different ingredients ; in logic, thought of in rela.
tion to an actual existence; opposed to abstract.

Misceg-kxate, verb transitive — Literally, to unite and blend as one
common brotherhood different races ; to blend promiscuously ; to
coalesce.

It is unnecessary for us to enter into a lengthy definition of the word
asthe artist who engraved our frontispiece portrays that which our pen
fails to accomplish. Our illustration represents an "intelligent gentle-
man ob color " affectionately saluting a pretty white girl of sixteen,
with auburn hair and light complexion ; the different shades of complexion
of the two contrasting beautifully and lending enchantment to the
scene. The thick tufts of wool of the one lends beauty to the long,
waving auburn hair of the other, and the sweet, delicate little Roman
nose of the one does not detract from the beauty of the broad, flat nose,
with expanded nostrils of the other — while the intellectual, bold and ma-
jestic forehead of the one forms an unique, though beautiful contrast to
the round, flat head, resembling a huge gutter mop, of the other. Con-
trast is the order of the day ; a-' desire for sameness was an hallucination
of the ancients, but we of the Nineteenth Century are going to bring
about a new order of things.



Miscegenation is a coined word — coined in New England, and for the
times. Amalgamation ists not finding words sufficient in the English
language to express their peculiar ideas, have manufactured it, and we
need hardly say, it answers its purpose admirably. " Amalgamation,"
done very well for a time as a hobby but it soon lost its effect, and some-
thing new was needed to take its place. Accordingly the agitators got
their heads together and invented the word "miscegenation" as best
uited to define their cause, and at once declared themselves "Miscegena-
tionists." A large and flourishing society soon sprang up under the
appropriate title of the "Modern Order of Miscegenationists." The first
society being formed in Boston, others sprang up rapidly throughout the
State of Massachusetts, and from thence the contageon spread throughout
all New England, and by some ill wind that blows no one good, was
wafted from Main to Oregon, carrying everything before it, and by its fell
swoop, upheaving and disorganizing society, respecting nothing but the
negro. So complete was the organization and sway of the " Modern
Order," when the late Presidential election took place, not only New
England, but many of the Western and North Western States stood in
solid phalanx for Miscegenation, and Mr. Lincoln was triumphantly re-
elected.

Actual Miscegenationists were .first discovered in the South, but the
atrocious crime was not popular although it was committed to a conside-
rable extent, and men have been known to sell their own children into
slavery, simply because of the supposed attaintment of the offspring from
its mother. But such beasts are only to be found in the South. Here in
the North, we have a finer sense of the beautiful. Dark blood, in the
estimation of the Northmen, instead of attainting, purifies. A man
whose veins ~are coursed by a certain amount of dark blood, and whose
skin is correspondingly dark, is believed to be a superior being.

Many of our best orators have been advocating -this mixture for some
time. Wendel Phillips can't see why a negro is not the equal of a white
man, and, in many instances, why he has not proved himself superior.
When coalescesion takes place he believes that the excellent properties of
Sambo's component parts are intensified .and the sluggish material of the
white man purified and renovated.

Cnffy's good time is come — his millenium is at hand. Millions of
treasure is expended daily for his benefit. The blood ofwhitemen is



shed in torrents for him. Mr. Lincoln says the war must be prosecuted
until slavery is abolished. Henry Ward Beecher said in his Fifth Avenue
Hotel speech, in reply to Butler, that "When this war ceases slavery will
begone. It will be out of the way." 1 He considered that "every drop of
blood spilt without accomplishing that certainty semantic red/' Ot course
Mr. Beecher must believe the war is for the negro, and Mr. Lincoln de-
clares that the war will stop when slavery is eradicated — hence our con-
clusion that Sambo's good time is come — that his millenium is at hand —
that his star is in the ascendent. White men, just stand back and let the
conquering heroes pass.

When the war was first inaugurated Miscegenation was but little spoken
of and little thought of. Abolitionists were considered bad citizens.
Amalgamationists were reviled and their names bid fair to be handed
down to the execrations of posterity. But how is it now in the year of
our Lord and Saviour, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-four? Be-
hold what a change ! What a change has taken place in Israel ! Those
among us who were the greatest have become the least, and those who
were the least have become the greatest! Gradually, for the past four
years, public sentiment has been setting in Pompey's favor, and if it con-
tinues thus, at the same ratio, at the end of the next four years, dark com-
plexions will be fashionable — white and pale faces will be discarded. The
ladies, instead of applying white chalk to their faces, will use char-coal
with profusion; instead of a small delicate foot being the rage, big flat un-
derstandings, with projecting heels will be all the go ; instead of puckering
up their lips to make their mouths look small, they will be turning them
inside out that they may resemble Dianah's ruby lips. Already the
ladies of Washington have commenced to friz their hair a la (PAfrique.
The front seats in places of amusement will be reserved, invariably, for
colored folks. Congress will soon pass a law making the colored man a
legal voter, and declaring him eligible to office ; he will occupy public po-
sitions, from policeman up to President. We shall have the colored man
in our Boards of Aldermen. Pompey will be Mayor, Judge, and Gover-
nor. Our Legislators will be of the thick-lipped and wooley-headed frater-
nity. Colored men will be the occupants of brown stone fronts, and re-
side in our Clinton and Fifth avenues. They will ride. in their carriages
with a white man on top as driver, and perhaps have another on behind.
Things are changing. They are being reversed. It will be fashionable



for a colored "gemma"!?" to have a white driver upon the same grounds
that it has, heretofore, been fashionable for white men to have negro driv-
ers. Tother man is going to he the gentleman ; that's all.

FRONT SEATS FOR COLORED FOLKS.
The Trustees of Dr. Z. P. Lathrop's Cliurch. Boston, have reserved
their front seats for colored folks! White people are to he kept back
under the galleries and in the vestibule. This arrangement created a
little hard feeling among the devoted members of the church, especially
the female portion, but they soon became reconciled to the new order of
things like good christians.

This surely is a bold step toward the u elevation of the negro," and
merits the approbation of the Beechers and Cbeevers. Boston is always
ahead in every worthy enterprise, but in this instance, if rumor is to be
believed, she will not be much ahead of Brooklyn. Already, we under-
stand, the matter of reserving front seats for colored people in some of
our first class churches is being seriously considered. The movement will
be inaugurated on the Heights, and probably extend to Fleet street, Hanson
Place, Lafayette avenue, Pacific street, Johnson street and Sand street.

We are led to the conclusion that the colored people are to be favored
with front seats from the tenor of the speeches delivered by some of the
first men of Brooklyn on the occasion of a

G-RAND MISCEGENATION JUBILEE,
held on Brooklyn Heights in the mansion of J. Walter Stuben, Esq.,
directly after the late election. The speakers in question thought the
white man had rights which were entitled to respect, but still there was a
line of demarcation, beyond which the white man should not trespass.
The principal speaker of the evening spoke substantially as follows:
" Ladies and Gentlemen : We have come together this evening to con-
gratulate each other upon the success of our cause. The horizon is aglow
with victory from Maine to Oregon, (applause.) We have advanced step
by step, until victory is ours, and we have but to publish the glad tidings :
"the bondman is freed." " (Loud applause.) We will soon extend the right
hand of fellowship, without let or hindrance, to our brothers of African
descent! (Tremendous and prolonged applause.) The time has come
when our brothers of dark complexion and curly hair are to have their
rights, and when restrictions will be no longer placed upon the develop-



ment of their talents ! (Tremendous cheering.) The day is dawning in
which the colored man will take his proper position in life — in which he
will take a foremost stand in society. (Deafening and prolonged ap-
plause.) The day is not far distant when our oppressed brothers of dark-
skins will have their just deserts — when, instead of being enslaved they
will be honored and respected throughout the world. (Cheers, after
which an enthusiastic old gentleman sprang up and shouted at the top of
his voice, "Three cheers for Fred. Douglass." Three times three was
given for Fred., followed by the inevitable "tiger!") My friends, this is
an age of progress ; men are growing wiser every day ; those who, a few
years ago, would not recognize the colored man as their equal, now be-
gin to see that he is, in some instances possessed of superior qualities.
(Tremendous applause.) So much for the age in which we live! We
have no patience with that stupid and despicable class of men, who, from
ignorance or prejudice, still fail to recognize in the colored man his supe-
rior mental endowments. (Cheers.) The speaker then entered into an
elaborate discourse to prove the admirable qualities of the negro race, and
to show that it did not descend from Ham, but from Ham's brother Abel,
whom the wicked Ham slew. Alter which the meeting adjourned, with
cheers for some contrabands present, for Fred. Douglass, and for Vice
President Hamlin.

THE SABLE NOBILITY.
Since the re-election of Mr! Lincoln, the Blood Royal of Africa — the
rreme de la creme of colored society have been extremely jubilent.
Soirees d'Afrique are being had throughout the country. Boston, Phila-
delphia, Cincinnati and New York, have all been favored with their
jubilent demonstrations. The late emancipation proclamations, the re-
election of Mr. Lincoln, together with the recent decision of the people
of Maryland to discard Slavery, has given our colored Brudders a good
opinion of themselves, and they have become, the aristocracy, proper,
of the couutry. Codfish, Shoddy, and Fifth avenue, are nowhere. The
colored aristocracy is believed to be more sensible in their dress and gene-
ral deportment. They are not considered bigoted or egotistical. They
do not treat the poor white trash with that contempt and disdain which
is characteristic of the shoddy and codfish aristocracy. They have been
known to condesend to speak to, and, in some instances, even to associate
with the middle or lower classes of white society. This, surely, is a com-





mendable trait. Tlie ebony bon ton, however, are outstripping their neigh-
bors in Fifth avenue, in regard to dress and fashionable entertainments.
There is a sound of revelry every night, and Africa's sons and daughters
(her beauty and her chivalry) trip the fantastic toe; gorgeous lamps shine
o'er fair women and brave men ; a thousand hearts beat happily ; and
when music rises with its voluptuous swell shiny eyes look love to eyes
which speak Jigain, :md all goes merry as a marriage bell.

CLERICAL POLITICS IN JERSEY CITY.
The Rev. William Tunison, pastor of a Methodist church in Jersey
City, endeavored, on Sunday before the late election, to instruct his
congregation how to vote ; eulogised President Lincoln as an extraordi-
nary man, and condemned McClellan as a man unworthy of their suffrages.
Those of the congregation who were in the church for the purpose' of hear-
ing tlie scriptures preached and explained, and not for the purpose of
listening to a rabid electioneering stump speech, immediately left the
house of God, and refuse to return while it is desecrated by politics. This
is not the only instance in which the New Jersey people have' stubbornly
refused to listen to political sermons in the house of God. "Whenever it
is attempted Jersey men beat a hasty retreat, leaving the astonished divine
to exhort empty pews. Oh Jersey ! Jersey ! Benighted Jersey ! Why
don't you behave yourself? You deserve to be imprisoned in Fort Lafa-
yette.

MISCEGENATION IN THE GREAT BOUMERRANG ASSOCIATION
OF BROOKLYN.

Wejearn that the ancient order of Boumerrangs have imbibed miscege-
nation to an alarming extent, and instead of adhering to their sacred
principles, have gone back to the world ! "Nigger on tlie brain," is
raging like an epidemic among its members. Their Great High Chief, the
Major, we understand, has been for sometime laboring under the influence
of Miscegenation !



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