Black Slavery: The Source of White Real Estate and Power

(05-16-2018, updated 07-08-2018) To discuss race and real estate, we must go back the beginning of white land use in America. Slavery gave the white South land ownership, labor, currency, collateral and political clout. The wealth and power of the large plantation owners -- the richest and largest property owners in the country --depended entirely on the number of slaves they owned.

Racial Discrimination in Housing

(05-1-2018, updated 07-08-2018)  How Segregated Housing Policies and Redlining Led to Racial Housing Disparity. 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 disparity in America: How Do Whites Hold Blacks Back?

(05-07-2018, updated 07-11-2018)  Institutional Racism, Past and Present. A question I saw on Facebook, "What have whites done, since slavery, to prevent blacks from succeeding? Why do we owe them anything?" This series explores centuries of institutional racism, the many creative ways that whites have systematically excluded blacks from the American dream.

Salsbury’s Slavery Spectacular!

(02-23-2018, updated 07-08-2018) The Black America Show: Slavery as Entertainment. Like Buffalo Bill's "Wild West Show", but about the Old South. A news headline called it a show about the “Fun-Loving Darky of Old Slavery Days.” I kid you not. This may well have been the beginning of Southern revisionist history: whitewashing Southern slavery and romanticizing the antebellum South.

The Meridian Race Riot of 1871: the Failure of the Rickety Reconstruction Era

(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. 

The Reconstruction Era :Federal Army Presence and Carpetbaggers and Black Representatives in Government, Oh My!

(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.

Slaveholders, Militant Immediatists and Everyone Else on the Abolitionist Spectrum

(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.

Free People of Color: A Freedom with Qualifications

(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),