|Creator:||Johnson, R. H., physician|
|Title:||R.H. Johnson letter|
|Quantity:||0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of an autographed, signed letter from R. H. Johnson of Brunswick, Georgia, dated 29 September, 1897. The letter discusses the book he has written (unpublished at the time of the letter) and expounds on his view that the African American race is degenerating.|
"The race problem in the South seems destined to be settled according to natural laws unless something is done, and done soon, to save the negro from the results of his own vices and neglect of elementary hygenic laws. The testimony of those who have studied this subject is all but unanimous, and it has recieved additional confirmation through the investigations of Dr. R. H. Johnson, of Brunswick, Ga., himself a colored physician. The figures which he has gathered from a study of the vital statistics of neraly three hundred towns in the Southern States show that the death rate of negroes is double that of whites in the same communities, and not only this, but the birth rate is also smaller among the colored than among the white population." --- "The Physical Degeneracy of the Negro." Medical Record: a Weekly Journal of Medicine and Surgery, 4 December, 1897.
R.H. Johnson letter. MS 2060. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: The physical degeneracy of the modern negro : with statistics from the principal cities, showing his mortality from A.D. 1700 to 1897, by R. H. Johnson. Brunswick, Ga. : R. H. Johnson, 1897.