Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Different Look at the Slavery Question

From the April 14th Seattlepi.com "Americans keep Confederates in the attic, slaves in the cellar" by David Horsey.

Mr. Horsey brought forth some bits of information that most Americans are unfamiliar with.

New England shippers dominated the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

When abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison attacked slavery, he himself was attacked by Massachusetts in his own hometown who resented his interference.

Slavery helped build New York City.

Slavery was still legal in some northern states well into the 19th century.

Many Union soldiers were not liberal and enlightened as to racial matters.

Many Confederate soldiers were not fighting for slavery but in defense of their homes.

At the end of the war, Southerners started putting forth the idea that they were not fighting to preserve slavery, but rather to protect their way of life.

Interesting Things to Think About. --Old B-Runner

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