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The presence of the frontier and the expansion westward similarly inflated wage rates in the cities and, for a time, made it difficult to secure labor, which often felt it could better its condition elsewhere. And both Daniel J. " The combination of these factors, in conjunction with a burgeoning egalitarian ethos, was enough to make any hardy soul restive and to place him at odds with his condition, and perhaps with every man. From this perspective, the social Darwinism of the latter half of the nineteenth century is merely one of the more extreme manifestations of a potentially divisive spirit and ethic.
L. H. '"30 The image of the black as beast-rapist had a profound impact in the writings of best-selling novelist Thomas Dixon, who, in effect, returned to the prewar battle of the images. ' Is it not time they heard the whole truth? " 31 This prominent Baptist minister, who spoke of his work as an evangelical effort to transform the stereotype of the Negro, had his greatest impact with his 1905 publication of The Clansman, which ten years later became D. W. Griffith's highly successful film Birth of a Nation.
Events and conditions similarly reinforced the tendency of white Americans to view themselves as somehow separate. The earlier Puritan stress on diligence in one's "calling"wherein success and the accumulation of wealth were viewed as assurance, and sign, of God's gifts and one's electionalmost imperceptibly evolved into the secularism of Benjamin Franklin's "Advice to a Young Tradesman" and his Autobiography. By this point, competition was clearly at work. But there were plenty of other factors to undermine white American cohesion and cooperation and to emphasize the self and individualism.
A Spy in the Enemy's Country: The Emergence of Modern Black Literature by Donald A. Petesch