Life NRA,SUVCW # 48,Legion 352
David, slaves didn't know what liberty was.
For all of you, bear in mind that you're looking at slavery from a totally different perspective than the slaves. You're white and you know America's history. One of the main reasons why my liberty is so dear to me is because i know the price that was paid for it. They didn't! You've experienced liberty and freedom. You were born into it and are living in it. They didn't know what liberty was! They had never experienced it! They were not allowed to as the majority were illiterate, they had been denied the benefit of literacy by a system that made teaching a black man to read illegal.
Johan, "25,000 slaves followed Shermans men to the dream of freedom" sure 25,000 slaves followed Sherman's men. Did any one of them make it back up to the North? Not that I know of! Sherman perposelly cut them off. So much for their "dream of freedom". And yeah, they may May? You are kidding right? have wanted to be free, but they sure were mournin when they were set free because all of a sudden reality hit that they didn't have anywhere to go! They had no food, no shelter, no money! Ok. Then ya'll want to know if that'd be better then not having liberty. I'm not a slave. I don't know. Pure and simply you are saying a white man could survive being free but a black man could not.
btw, I hope ya'll realize that slavery was not only in the South, and the North in general was not sympathetic towards the slaves! To a degree that is true. Slavery and the racism inherrent in it was a National sin. A sin that has stained this nation, perhaps forever.
I might suggest a few titles to broaden your knowledge base. Celia, A Slave, Harriet Jacobs account of her life (I don't recall the title), The Slave Power, Stono, anatomy of a slave revolt (title may be off slightly). There is a lot of information out there that is less than pleasent if you have the idea that slavery wasn't all that bad.
Last edited on Sun Sep 2nd, 2007 12:53 am by Johan Steele