(05-16-2018, updated 07-08-2018) To discuss race and real estate, we must go back the start of white land use in America. Slavery gave the white South land, labor, currency, collateral and political clout. It was a slave economy. The wealth and power of the large plantation owners--the richest property owners in the country--depended entirely on their number of slaves.
(05-1-2018, updated 07-08-2018) Segregated housing policies and racially biased redlining led to the current racial housing Division. How did we get to so many impoverished black neighborhoods, especially inner-city neighborhoods? It wasn't inevitable. A brief history of black housing.
Racial inequity didn't end in 1865. The present disparity started with black codes, then continued with Jim Crow. Some segregation policies lasted into the 1970s.
Nate Salsbury's Slavery Spectacular! Showed off the “Fun-Loving Darky of Old Slavery Days.” Really. So began revisionist history and nostalgia for the antebellum South.
(03-25-2014, updated 07-15-2018) The Meridian riot of 1871 illustrates the battles between freed blacks and the KKK and other white supremacists in the South during the Reconstruction era. And now for the piece of Southern history I've been working up to: the Meridian race riot of 1871. A sad and horrific part of black history, and the perfect illustration of the pathetic ending of the Reconstruction era.
(03-24-2014, updated 07-15-2018) Then federal army leaves, the KKK wins, the Jim Crow era begins, and the Reconstruction Era is forgotten. After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, white Southerners imposed the Black Code, so blacks were free, but had no rights. In 1866 the Radical Republicans came into power in Congress, and they came down on the South like a ton of bricks.
(03-21-2014, updated 07-15-2018) White Slave owners, black slave owners, gradualists, immediatists, militants, persuasive abolitionists,moral abolitionists and those who wanted to see all blacks move to Liberia. Yesterday I promised that I would qualify the anti-slavery movement.I mentioned that the North was largely against slavery and the South was largely for it. Well, the white South, that is. But of course things were never quite that black and white, pardon the pun.
(03-20-2014, updated 07-15-2018) Before the abolition of slavery, freedom didn't mean the same thing for free people of color as it meant for whites. Slaveholders would sometimes free their slaves (manumission) in gratitude for special services or for fighting the British. Slaveholders' children by black female slaves were often given their freedom around New Orleans (when it was French and it had the Latin model of slavery, which was different from the American),