It has been a running theme here that BRA was anticipated by Antebellum Southern secessionists and Jim Crow Southern segregationists who accurately predicted the future direction of the egalitarian fanaticism of their Northern enemies.
Sen. Theodore Bilbo predicted that the Civil Rights Movement would open “the floodgates of hell” in the South and that the daughters of Dixie would be “raped and outraged” by African-Americans.
William Lowndes Yancey predicted that the federal government would place the Southern White man in a position inferior to the Northern free negro and he would rather crawl into a grave like the Spartans at Thermopylae than live under Black Run Amerika.
In the Northern states, the South’s allies in the Democracy, who were often Scots-Irish in the Midwest and Irish Catholics in the Northeast, perceived the threat to White America posed by The Yankee Question and lynch mobs often pounced on the abolitionists for that reason.
In the Great White North, the egalitarian disaster ahead that these delusional Yankee social crusaders had charted was clearly anticipated and it was a source of much bitterness and controversy in the North itself among the Whites who lived there.
Here is a preview of Yankee Month:
“An anti-abolition wood engraving, printed and circulated in the North, featured the heading “THE RESULTS OF ABOLITIONISM!” and depicted the edifice of a building under construction, with black craftsmen and a black employer exerting authority over white menial laborers. Such an image dramatized both the widespread fear that emancipation would bring an influx of former slaves to the North to compete for white men’s jobs and the fear that abolitionism connoted not just social equality but black dominance. A second Northern anti-abolition lithograph, called “PRACTICAL AMALGAMATION,” pictured the couch of a middle-class parlor on which a black man embraced a white woman and a white man kissed the hand of a black woman. Obviously this image was intended to associate abolitionism with the social taboo of miscegenation. Northern newspapers such as the New York Commercial Advertiser hammered away at the abolitionists with charges that they were “traitors” who wanted to reduce white men “to the condition of mongrels”; if slaves were freed, they would of necessity “displace the whites.”
The Southern press, for its parts, excelled in “verbal violence” and hyperbole. The image of abolitionists as insurrectionists predominated. A Georgia newspaper warned that the abolitionist mail campaign was calculated to “destroy the lives of our whole white population – men, women, and children, and lay waste the country.”