Ignoblesse Unoblige

Compare and contrast. This will be on the test.

Statement by General Robert E. Lee in a letter to his wife (dated December 27, 1856) regarding a speech against abolition by President Franklin Pierce, with which he was “much pleased.”

The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, physically, and socially. The painful discipline they are undergoing is necessary for their further instruction as a race, and will prepare them, I hope, for better things.

Statement by Barbara Pierce Bush — mother to President George W. Bush, wife of President George H.W. Bush, and descendent of the same family as President Franklin Pierce — regarding New Orleans residents evacuated to the Astrodome in Houston after losing their homes, possessions, and families.

So many of the people in the arenas here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, this is…this is working very well for them.