Rumors of Negro Uprisings

January 23, 1857

Under the Refuge of Oppression, from the New Orleans Picayune, is an article, under the title, The Negro Rumors.  The article affirms that all is peaceful among the black; there is little concern about an uprising, yet it issues a warning. “The whole black code of the State needs to be revised, in view of the late developments; and while every safe melioration of the condition of the slave will be cheerfully granted, the precautions against the mischiefs of foreign tampering with their ignorance ….. should  be precise, stern and unrelenting.  A short and terrible doom should be made to fall, on any man who  lends himself to the promotion of discontent and insubordination among the blacks….”