One of my favourite lines that captured the sentiment of the period was this one:
"It warn’t the grounding—that didn’t keep us back but a little. We also blew out a cylinder head.”I highly recommend the book to all. You learn some history, get to think about how a society can live in such contradiction of its own principles (and ours is likely no different; we will likely be judged by those who come after us!), and enjoy a few laughs in the process.
“Good gracious! anybody hurt?”
“No’m. Killed a nigger.”
“Well, it’s lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt."