Skip to comments.Genocide, slavery and immigration: No New York Times, Slavery Did Not Make America Rich
Posted on 01/02/2019 1:17:56 PM PST by SeekAndFind
My New Years wish for the coming year is for more of my fellow Americans and others to learn some basic history and try to get a grip on reality. Someone who writes for The New York Times under the name of Michelle Alexander wrote a column published last week, Who Deserves Citizenship?
One of her choice sentences: But for slavery, genocide, and colonization, we would not be the wealthiest, most powerful nation in the world in fact, our nation would not even exist. Hmm. Both North and South America were colonized by European countries that practiced slavery, and the United States was not the last country in the Americas to abolish slavery.
What many now call genocide of the Native American people was rarely a deliberate policy of the colonizers. The American Indians had no immunity against many diseases that the Europeans inadvertently brought with them most notably smallpox. But many other diseases such as measles, not normally fatal to Europeans proved to be so to the Native Americans. The death toll was horrendous but again, largely as a result of ignorance. The understanding of germs was still several hundred years away.
No one knows how many people lived in the Americas when Columbus arrived. Most estimates have it in single or low double-digit millions. What is more widely agreed is that there were only about 600,000 left in North America by 1650, meaning that perhaps as many as 90 percent of the pre-Columbus population had perished. By the time the English colonists began to settle in Virginia and New England, most of the mass death had already occurred. The Europeans were no strangers to mass death events. The plague in the 1300s in Europe killed an estimated third of the population.
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It is well established that slavery did not fuel this country’s economy, it was a drag on it.
A modern Liberal education. (Minimal facts)
Slavery is in our past. But if certain liberals have their way, it will also be in our future.
It is leftists who actually read a book, getting sucked into “Guns, Germs, and Steel” by the Leftist Delta Bravo, Jared Diamond.
Like college students, they are simply manipulated by the last thing anyone told them.
Of course it didn’t.
Less than 13% of people in the South owned slaves during the slave period.
Yeah. As outlined in “The Road to Serfdom”.
Slavery, and keeping the freed slaves in the US, is the biggest poison pill in this nation’s founding. Nearly suicidal.
I don’t know, man. Mississippi was one of the richest states from King Cotton and look at them now.
I actually think the biggest poison pill in this nation’s history is the Democrat Party.
Guns, Germs, and Steel
“Slavery, and keeping the freed slaves in the US, is the biggest poison pill in this nations founding.”
What policy kept freed slaves in the US?
“The open borders movement is not just a child of the American left but also has many adherents among libertarians. Simply put, their argument is that immigrants have historically brought new ideas and energy to the American economy, making everyone better off. That was largely true before the advent of the welfare state, which Milton Friedman and others realized necessitated some reasonable restrictions of immigration. “
“In the past, most new immigrants wanted to get away from the institutions and practices of their old country that made life miserable, and readily adopted what is known as the American Way. Now, there are some immigrant groups that seek to bring their old institutions to America, like Sharia law”
If slavery were so great an institutional force, how is it that Mexico and other nations, in South America, did not become wealthy?
Is FR starting to freeze again?
Everytime I post or go to a page it hangs...
“What policy kept freed slaves in the US?”
Not sure about “policy”, but it’s what was done: releasing some 6 million slaves into a population of only 40 million or so settlers. A huge percentage of settlers who didn’t volunteer to be here.
I heard an interview on NPR this morning——a Syrian who had immigrated(legally) to Hungary.
When asked if she missed her country she laughed and said,”You don’t really leave your country,you take your country with you.”
According to The Atlantic Slave Trade an estimated 200,000 enslaved Africans disembarked in New Spain, which later became modern Mexico.
From the beginning, the slaves, who were mostly male, intermarried with indigenous women. In some cases Spanish colonists had unions with female slaves. Spanish colonists created an elaborate racial caste system, classifying people by racial mixture. This system broke down in the very late colonial period; after Independence, the legal notion of race was eliminated.
Based on that reasoning the continent of Africa should be one of the most, if not the most, developed and richest area on the planet.
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