Skip to comments.The Truth About Slavery - Part 1
Posted on 02/25/2019 9:17:42 PM PST by kathsua
Many Americans believe slavery only involved white people owning black people. They believe the master race was white and the slave race was black. North American slavery actually involved relatively rich people,[e.g. land owners] owning poor people who might or might not be of the same color.
There were two types of forced laborers brought to North America: indentured servants and permanent slaves. Most of the primarily Irish indentured servants were forced to travel to North America, but some were volunteers. The first Africans were treated as indentured servants but were eventually treated as permanent slaves. Members of the two groups worked together and the historical account indicates there was sufficient sexual contact between the two to produce a hybrid group of permanent slaves whose members could be called "black Irish".
Unfortunately,the fact that most slaves were black and most owners were white led to a belief among some whites that this situation meant blacks are inferior to whites. This belief began during the slave era in part as a way to justify treating some people as slaves in an otherwise free country.
The first Africans arrived in Jamestown in 1619 only 14 years after the founding of the settlement. During the two centuries of the Atlantic slave trade only about 500,000 additional Africans were imported into North America. Britain led the way to ending the Atlantic slave trade in 1807 and the United States quickly followed to outlaw the importation of slaves without prohibiting the internal slave trade
Initially North American forced laborers were white temporary slaves called "indentured servants" who served for a specified term such as 5-10 years. The first Africans who arrived at Jamestown were treated as indentured servants . Anthony Johnson arrived in 1620 and received some land from the Virginia colony after he was freed. In 1651 he owned five indentured servants (four white and one black. man named John Casor, was considered a permanent slave).
The term "indentured servant" is deceptive because during their period of indenture "servants" could be brutally mistreated like regular slaves. Some owners treated much cheaper Irish indentured servants worse than ;lifetime slaves. Africans cost from 20-50 pounds Sterling compared to about 5 pounds Sterling for an Irishman.
Owners could even choose who servants would mate with like they were breeding horses. Owners might use whites to breed lighter colored slaves to be sold. Raising slaves for sale would become a signaficant part of the plantation economy. Light colored females would eventually be sold as "fancy slaves" to be prostitutes or concubines who might command a higher price than a prime field hand.
Many servants were children picked up from London streets. The exploitation of children in the North American workplace would continue into the 20th Century.
Europe didn't have a large enough population to support large scale agriculture in the Western Hemisphere when colonization began. The British used the colonies to relocate the Irish, but Ireland only had a population of 1.5 million. The Spanish use of African slaves had begun before the discovery of land available for settlement in the Western Hemisphere.
Africans had been capturing, enslaving and selling each other for thousands of years before Christopher Columbus discovered a huge new market for African slave traders. Africans continued to enslave each other after the end of North American slavery. There are reports that Africans still practice slavery.
The career of Englishman John Newton demonstrates not only that whites could be slaves, but that those who engaged in the slave trade could also be slaves. Newton was a sailor on a slave ship whose shipmates sold him to a West African slave trader because they didn't get along with him. A friend of Newton's retired ship captain father arranged to free Newton. Newton evenstually got a position as the captain of a slave ship. A religious experience convinced Newton to become a Christian minister and become active in the movement to abolish slavery. He wrote the popular hymn "Amazing Grace" which according to gospel singer Larnelle Harris uses a west African sorrow chant for the melody.
Does he know Native Indians owned slaves?
9 minutes on the fraud of REPARATIONS!
Read about serfdom, and how widespread it was. It was another form of slavery, and plenty of white people toiled under it. The reality is that human beings can be very cruel to one another, and those things that were done wrong in the US were not unprecedented. That doesn’t excuse them, but they weren’t in any way the exclusive sins of the US.
Who Were the Black Irish?
Second paragraph is incorrect. The Baptist church taught that a persons dark skin was the mark of Cain and hence that blacks were inferior because God proclaimed it
This is filled with misinformation.
Idiocy for idiots.
Actual facts that far too many in our society are ignorant of.
Candid discussion of slavery is impossible,
What you as usual gleefully smear with was merely the utterance of a few folks very long ago justifying segregation in a few baptist congregations
Sure doesnt mean its Gods proclaimation anymore than some Jews saying shvartze or kushi which today is the equivalent of nigger signifies Gods proclaimation either
I know you cant resist south bashing and now apparently baptist bashing but try to be accurate
You are aware that like most Protestant sects that Baptist includes all spectrums from southern and white to northern and blacks and from Uber social conservatives to las liberal as evangelical Lutherans
“Read about serfdom”
It is remarkable how similar serfdom is to modern day socialism....where socialism has become “ripened” to the point that the government (ruling class) has taken all prosperity from the masses under the guise of benefiting the masses...and all of the wealth winds up with the ruling class...with crumbs left for the masses.
Dinesh D’Souza has some real knowledge of the history of Dems and slavery. For example did you know that before the civil war only dems owned slaves? No republican ever owned a slave. It was also the dems who were the KKK, White supremicists and racists. They still are. How else can you exlain the fact that all inner cities run by dems are still run like plantations? Dinesh is on you tube. Give him a listen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blJKdNr5VSU
In a time when the average life spen was a little over 30 years 5 to 10 years could be a life sentence.
In the Caribbean suger plantations feildhands seldom lived more than a few years. Being sent there was considered a death sentence.
Name a nation without a form of slavery in 1775.
In fact name a nation without a form of slavery legal and/or illegal today.
Uh General Grant REPUBLICAN had a slave.
Walt Brigade/Neo-Walt Brigade to spin Grant’s slave ownership in 220.127.116.11.1
Except if one reads a little further, Cain's lineage didn't survive the flood.
There was a lot of rationalizing that had to be done in order for a culturally christian people to accept slavery.
I wasn’t south bashing. I live in the south and love it.
Your defensiveness is silly in light of what is factual.
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