The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 416
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readily understood when the average conception of the negro
character held in Comanche County is made clear. In 1907 there
was published a pamphlet extolling the virtues of Comanche
County in hopes of attracting new citizens, and one of the strong-
est selling points was this:
The population of Comanche County, Texas, according to the census
of 1900oo was 23,o79. This population, it must be remembered, is
entirely and absolutely all white; there is not a negro in the county,
and the chances are there will not be any for many years to come.
There are many ways in which the negro can be of service to the
white race, but as a rule the community is better off without him.
Wherever negroes are numerous there crime abounds and all sorts
of trouble. But in Comanche County he is an unknown quantity, and
the court dockets are consequently light, there are no election frauds,
and women are safe. ... Wherever the negro herds, there crime has
a breeding place. Comanche county is free from this black curse, not
by any written statute that she has enacted, but by an unwritten law
which the negroes throughout the length and breadth of the State
Perhaps the unfortunate fact is that since this pamphlet was
written, nothing has happened that would cause a change in this
28Mrs. F. L. Little in a special publication of the Comanche Chief edited by
Sam Vernon and dated 19o7 (clippings in scrapbook kept by Mrs. Dora Greene,
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