They didn’t teach that in History class.
I remember learning it in college and was shocked.
They didnt teach that in History class.
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I ‘learned’ that in History class.
I also ‘learned’ or was aware that the ‘slave transporters’ did NOT go into the bush or shanghai potential ‘cargoes’ as they were readily provided - at a cost - by the Natives of the African Ports where the ‘cargo’ was loaded. Also, so long as the ‘slaves’ were PAID for, the chances of any but the ‘MOST’ rowdy had to be kept in a physical condition as to be worth a resale value upon arrival at the destination.
Owning slaves was expensive, as it was your ‘responsibility’ to make sure ‘they’ were able to perform certain duties on a daily basis, so as to get a return for the ‘investment’.
A good portion of the original Irish were indentured servants, whose accommodations on the ‘crossing’ were somewhat less than that ever popular steerage and in the beginning, the Irish Immigrant was not favored much higher than the African Immigrant with the Irish ‘doing the jobs that Americans wouldn’t do’ and the Irish did ‘favor’ slavery, in as much, that freed slaves would mean fewer jobs for the Irish.
Of course those of us of Irish descent are eagerly awaiting reparations etc, but I don’t think I will ‘hold my breath’ in bated anticipation.