Quotation by Fanny Kemble

...I cannot help being astonished at the furious and ungoverned execration which all reference to the possibility of a fusion of the races draws down upon those who suggest it, because nobody pretends to deny that, throughout the South, a large proportion of the population is the offspring of white men and colored women.
Fanny Kemble (1809–1893), British actor and abolitionist. Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839, ch. 1 (1863).

From a letter written in Philadelphia during December 1838, to her friend Elizabeth Dwight Sedgwick. A few years earlier, Kemble had unwittingly married into a slave-owning family; the marriage failed, and she and Pierce Butler were divorced in 1849. Here, Kemble was referring to the children born as a result of illicit sex between slave owners and their slaves. The same men who fathered these children, and the men's legal families, hypocritically reacted with horror to the notions of interracial sex and marriage, and cited the possibility of racial mixing as a reason to oppose emancipation and African American rights.
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