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Slavery was Preventable in the United States of America

Slavery was an evil promoted by African kings and chiefs and sold to the highest bidder. 

Clotilda The Last American Slave Ship

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Our Freedom is in Jeopardy

My parents and grandparents were spoon-fed by the Democrat Party, which claimed to be for the people. And now that we know the truth, they are for Socialism and any amount of money they can get from various wealthy non-Americans who want to take away our freedom.

Republican Party (Grand Old Party)

My parents and grandparents are no longer living in our world today, which is bittersweet to me. I still miss them so much, but I am happy their hearts were not broken by their beloved Democratic leaders.

I've always heard that the Democratic Party was for the people and the Republican Party was for the wealthy.

Which I found after doing research to be just the opposite since President Trump became our president in 2016. He wants the people to live in a safe and prosperous country, and he wants their children to have the best education possible while living in that country and enjoying freedom.

Slavery In America was not Necessary

I am still mad that slavery happened in our United States of America. * In my research, I found that only a small percentage, maybe 6 percent, of African captives were sold to the United States slaveholders.

The mass of African captives went to Brazil and then the Caribbean. From Roman civilization to Greek civilization, slavery has been a part of most nations' histories.Slavery played a major function in ancient Greek civilization.

The United States' part of slavery lasted only 246 years—not 400. Most historians date the first enslaved people in the United States of America to 1619.

Slavery in America Lasted 246 Years

Black Africans first on American soil came as explorers (not slaves) accompanied by Spanish and Portuguese explorers.

If we use the date of 1619 as the start and 1865—13th Amendment as the end, then slavery in the United States only lasted 246 years—not 400.

Estevanico (1500-1539) A Great Moroccan Black Explorer

**Please see the link below for a list of slave owners.

Search the name Estevanico (1500–1539). Mustafa Azemmouri is his birth name. He was a Moroccan explorer, the first American explorer, and known as "America's first great black African man."

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Americans should receive Reparation from China

The truth is that only about 25 percent of southerners owned slaves in the United States.

This is the historical truth about inequality and reparations:

Americans should receive reparations from China as compensation for the war damage incurred as a result of bringing the pandemic to the United States; this is an act of terrorism.

As far as reparations for slave descendants, I have no opinion because I am not black, and I cannot feel what they feel in their hearts.

China should pay reparations to the U.S.: Rep. Jeff Van Drew

American Blacks have been Free 152 Years

American Blacks have been free for 152 years, which is a relatively short period when compared to three generations of slavery.

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We Americans can argue today truthfully that we do not own slaves, and most of our families did not own slaves. This reasoning brings up the issue of why should we pay and then be charged higher taxes for reparation?

Whatever your opinion is, I say do yourself a favor and research slavery in the United States of America.

Inhumane Slaveholders

One cannot help but be sickened by researching how slaves were treated. They were treated like cattle.

They were valued from conception to the end of their lives.The women were checked for their fertility by slaveholders. The prime males were sold at auctions judged by size, age, and skill.

What is the most inhumane aspect of slaveholders stealing babies and young children from their mothers to sell? The broken-hearted mothers would never see their babies again. This actually gave me a migraine and sickened my heart and soul.

Archeologists Uncover the Lives of Jamestown’s Enslaved People

The Movie Roots

I believe the worst movie was "Roots," which my mother and I could only watch half of the first night.I had asked my mother about slavery, and she said this movie showed the horrors the slaves went through in our country.

I had nightmares for weeks. I wondered if my ancestors owned slaves. And how did they treat them if they did?

Roots "Kunta" Africans Selling Africans

The History of Slavery not Taught Corrrectly

I believe that if modern-day Americans investigated slavery, they would be shocked and surprised at what black slaves endured.

I can only remember a few things we were taught about slaves. I remember the Native Americans, as we were taught to call them, as being too lazy to work in the fields. So the wealthy purchased black slaves to do the labor.

Slavery a Inhumane Time in History

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Encyclopedias are Antiquated Today

I know this sounds crazy, but I did not research slavery then—and if I asked my mother about history, she would say, "Look in the encyclopedias." That's why I went out of my way to get them for you.

And if I asked her how to spell something, she would say, "Sound it out and look it up in the dictionary." Phonics was not taught when I went to school—we memorized everything. Years later, I taught phonics to my sweet children in a public school. I pray that each of them is happy and safe.

Indentured Servitude

Slaves vs. Indentured Servitude:

  • Slaves could not choose their fate—they had no choice.
  • Indentured servitude contracts: not exactly slavery, but still inhumane. Immigrants had a choice to either enter into a contract with the owner or stay where they were living.

Indentured Servants versus Slaves 1760

Indentured servants or laborers did not get paid

Indentured servitude: Indentured servants were also bad in many ways. Many white immigrants from other countries would sign or were forced to sign an indentured service or labor contract.

Signing would guarantee the owner a period of free labor until the debt was paid back for passage to the United States or other destinations. Sometimes, the indentured servants or laborers would be sold to a third party without, of course, their consent.

Many young men and women under the age of 21 came from Germany or Britain. Indentured servants or laborers did not get paid. They were given food and board. This is difficult to believe, but the use of indentured servitude did not end until the early 1900s, around 1917.

Female Indentured Servants

Indentured servants could not marry without the consent of their master. Sometimes, they received physical punishment and did not get help from the courts.

Female servants might be raped or sexually abused by their masters. If children from the rape were produced, their indentured contract would be extended by two years.

A female indentured servant faced many issues because she was a woman. Indentured servitude became illegal in the USA in 1833.

The British Appear to be the Leader in the Slavery Business

After 1833, the British were getting ready to transport 1 million Indians from India into the Caribbean to replace the freed slaves of 1833 on indenture ships.

Women were willing to take the chance to escape abusive husbands or poor living conditions. However, the Indian Immigration Act of 1883 prevented married or single women from leaving just to escape. (I pray these women were good actresses and fooled them so they could have a choice to stay or leave.)

The British proved to be the leaders in using humans for their own benefit and monetary gain.

Researched by Daina Ramey Berry, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies

Slave Owners List—which I believe is not the complete list. Wikipedia lists indentured servitudes as well.

President Lincoln is One of My Favorite Presidents

Every American should learn about slavery and how and why it came to America.I hope that slavery in any form never occurs again in our country or any other.

This is why my favorite president is Abe Lincoln, who freed the slaves and indentured servants in America, USA.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2020 Barbara Purvis Hunter

Comments

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 17, 2020:

Hi,

It is always nice to have a visit from you--and thanks. I hope all is well with you and your love ones. Have a great day.

Bobbi Purvis

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 17, 2020:

This is an informative and thought provoking article.

I have learnt a lot from this. Slavery shouldn’t have happened earlier, and it shouldn’t happen anywhere, again. Each life is precious and everyone deserves respect.

Thanks for sharing.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 16, 2020:

Thanks from my heart and may you have a blessed rest of this year and the next.

Until Later,

Bobbi Purvis

Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS from Memphis on October 16, 2020:

Fear has a lot to do with how some people react. Fear and insecurity. I've learned that when people really feel good about themselves, its easy feeling good about others! Keep writing such wonderful articles and stay as sweet and caring as you are!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 15, 2020:

Hi, Thanks for the visit. I appreciate hearing from you.

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 15, 2020:

The churches were wrong--I am just learning and researching all the information on the internet. I will never understand racism. I was grew up in Florida where neighbors helped each other. Some of the best people I have met in my career and personal life are from different races. Small town communities helped each other as well as the farmers like my grandfather. I am still researching.

Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS from Memphis on October 15, 2020:

Well written and informative!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on October 15, 2020:

It is a very interesting article and I liked it quite a bit. I have read a lot about slavery and also visited the slave castle in Ghana. I can't think of anything inhuman than that. I have another take on this issue and that is the role of the church. Sadly the church condoned slavery in the deep south.

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