Frank F. Steel letters, 1859-1861.

Creator: Steel, Frank F., fl. 1859-1861.
Collection number: 688-z
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Abstract: Frank F. Steel of Ohio was apparently employed as a tutor or contract worker of some sort on a plantation in Mississippi and in Lexington, Ky. The collection includes letters from Steel to his sister, Anna Steel, at Hillsboro, Ohio. One letter was written from Cottage Home Plantation, Washington County, Miss., in 1859. In it, Steel described the treatment of slaves and their relationship with the plantation owner. In another letter, written from Lexington, Ky., in 1860, he discussed the national political crisis and the possibility of secession. The third letter, dated 1861 from Lexington, concerns divided sentiment toward the coming conflict among Steel’s friends and relations in Kentucky and Ohio.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: The collection consists of letters written by Steel to his sister, Anna Steel, which discuss the treatment and condition of Miss. slaves and express his “Northern prejudice” against blacks.