The Race Question scrapbook
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The Race Question scrapbook

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Gamble, Thomas, 1858-1945.
Title: The Race Question scrapbook
Dates: circa 1880-1900
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 volume, 1 folder)
Identification: MS 1568

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Gamble (1868-1945) was a native of Virginia. He moved to Savannah, Georgia as a newspaper reporter and worked for several years as city editor of the Savannah Evening Press. Gamble acted as secretary to Savannah mayors Herman Myers, Richard J. Davant, William J. Pierpont, and Murray M. Stewart. Gamble served as mayor of Savannah from 1933 through 1937 and again from 1937 until his death in 1945. He was the author of several books, newspaper articles, and pamphlets on Savannah history, was the editor of the "Savannah Mirror of Commerce", and founder and editor of the Naval Stores Review.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 1 scrapbook and 1 folder of newspaper clippings. The scrapbook is entitled "The Race Question," and it contains newspaper articles dealing with various race questions created by the abolition of slavery. These articles appear to have been taken from both Northern and Southern newspapers and were written from the perspective of both races. Thomas Gamble's letter in the beginning of the scrapbook states that the articles date from 1889-1890. However, the folder of loose newspaper clippings contains articles dating to approximately 1900.

Topics dealt with in these newspaper articles include: educating illiterate African American in the South; giving African Americans the right to vote; discrimination in the North; racial issues in the Christian Church; African American deportations; white labor in the South; the Republican Party and the South; statistics on African American prosperity in Georgia; increase in the population of African Americans in the South, and calling for the repeal of the 5th and 14th Amendments. Other topics include an editorial on Henry W. Grady's speech on "The New South"; Lincoln on African Americans; General Sherman on African Americans; William P. Calhoun's plan to colonize African Americans on public lands in New Mexico; J.M. Langston (first black allowed to the bar in Ohio); Isaiah T. Montgomery (an educated Mississippi freedman); the abolition of slavery in Brazil; lynchings (in the North and South), and on whether Frederick Douglass' marriage to a white woman will affect his diplomatic career.

Index Terms

African Americans--Colonization.
African Americans--Education.
African Americans--Public opinion.
African Americans--Social conditions.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.
Gamble, Thomas, 1858-1945.
Grady, Henry Woodfin, 1850-1889.
Interracial marriage.
Langston, John Mercer, 1829-1897.
Letters (correspondence)
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Lynching--United States.
Montgomery, Isaiah T., (Isaiah Thornton), 1847-1924.
Sherman, William T., (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891.
Slavery--United States.
United States--Politics and government.
United States--Race relations.
Voting--United States.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Thomas Gamble presented this scrapbook to Colonel Alexander R. Lawton on October 3, 1923.

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], The Race Question scrapbook, MS 1568, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Scrapbook, circa 1880-1900 View online.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items


1Clippings, circa 1880-1900