The Slave-based Economy: Slavery the Source of White Real Estate and Power

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series How Whites Hold Blacks Back

To discuss race and real estate, we must go back to the beginning of white land use in America, when the South was a slave-based economy.

Revisionist History and Slavery as Entertainment at The Black America Show

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.

Angola: From Slave Trader Isaac Franklin to Prison Plantation

The 13th Amendment Loophole Kept Slavery Alive. The 1800s interstate slave trade between the slave-breeding states and the Deep South was lucrative. Isaac Franklin became one of the South's richest landowners. One plantation in Louisiana was Angola.

The Blurry Lines Between White Responsibility, White Privilege and Racism

Some thoughts about my own white responsibility, my white privilege and my unconscious racism, and a few shocking peeks at living while black in Trump Country

The Confederate Flag Will No Longer Fly at the South Carolina State Capitol

The governor is removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State Capitol, but Southern politicians are still careful not to offend the folks who are proud of their Confederate heritage.

A Few Books and Movies About Slavery

This entry is part of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

(04-03-2014, updated 07-15-2018)  A rather random list, I know, but It's my list. If you want a longer list, google it. And if you want a complete book review or movie review, again, google it. This is just a list. Of course the first book about slavery on any list should be Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It's fiction, but based firmly in the harsh reality of slavery.

What Would Black History Be if the Reconstruction Era Had Continued?

This entry is part of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

(04-02-2014, updated 07-15-2018)  If only the Union Army had stayed in the South, if only the Reconstruction era had been longer... Lincoln went to war to get the South back into the Union. Although the war was mostly about slavery, his initial aim was not to abolish it. He wrote as much in a letter in 1862: "[...] If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, ..."

Slaveholders, Militant Immediatists and Everyone Else on the Abolitionist Spectrum

This entry is part of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

(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

This entry is part of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

(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),

American History Education and Me: Broad Strokes, Please!

This entry is part of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

(03-19-2014, updated 07-15-2018)  What should history education be: the battles (and the dates and the dead) or the reasons they were fought? Let me pause for a moment and make an even stronger disclaimer than I made in last night's post. My focus is on slavery in this series of posts, so I focus on slavery when discussing the Civil War.