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|User Info||Enough On Lincoln; entered at 2018-02-12 22:58:49|
Registered: 2009-08-09 Silicon Valley
There are a couple of points that were not taught in California schools that I learned after travelling in the South. Mind you, they're not the Gospel....just things worth thinking about.|
The first is that all 13 colonies originally had slaves. Slavery was abolished in Vermont (1777), Pennsylvania (1780), New Hampshire and Massachussetts (1783), Connecticut and Rhode Island (1784), New York (1799), and New Jersey (1804). This left Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slave_stat....
As each of the northern states abolished slavery, they generally did not free their slaves....instead, they sold them southward -- contributing to the expression: "being sold down the river". Northern states generally faced no financial hardship for abolishing slavery because their slaves had already been sold elsewhere for cash.
In the South, in the buildup to the Civil War, there were schemes to keep ahead of the forces for abolition by shipping slaves to the west. There were both geographic and political reasons why this was totally infeasible.
In addition, classical education at the time featured many examples of the historical emancipation of slaves within a state....that later progressed to a general slaughter at the hands of the former slaves (who, it is granted, had much to be pissed about). There were no counterexamples where a grateful population of emancipated slaves lived in peace and harmony along with their former masters and general populace.
In short, northern states packed their own slaves into the southern states and collected cash for doing so, before insisting that southern states outright free them regardless of economic loss, despite all textbooks indicating this was outright suicide. If the North would have insisted all slaves be sold in Brazil, it is likely there would have been no war.
Again, YMMV.....but all the northern states selling their slaves before making slavery illegal is a big deal.