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There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the institution of slavery, especially here in the United States. These myths often serve pernicious political purposes that can be highly detrimental to a proper conception of history. So here are 10 of those myths debunked in no particular order.
For general reference and mistakes:
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1 – one example of white slavery I could have mentioned were the Amerindian slavers of Tans-Mississippi West, who would raid Spanish/Mexican colonies and visa/versa – but that is way too complicated for this myth.
2 – 3:20 – my bad, 1922 was the fall of the Ottoman Empire, 1918 was the end of WWI
5 – 7:10 – “any power not expressed” (the not is kind of difficult to hear)
7 – 8:30 – typo, Marx was born in 1818 not 1918, LOL
Good general books:
Berlin, Ira. Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003.
Davis, David. Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Oshinsky, David. Worse than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice. New York: Free Press Paperbacks, 1997.
Davis, Natalie. Slaves on Screen: Film and Historical Vision. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002.
Directly about these myths:
Michael Barkun, “Millennialism, Conspiracy, and Stigmatized Knowledge” _A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America_ (CA: University of California Press, 2003). p. 34-36.
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List of myths:
1. White slaves in America
2. America invented slavery
3. The first slave owner in America was black
4. The Union fought the civil war to end slavery
5. The South seceded over “state’s rights”
6. Few southerners owned slaves
7. Factory workers were like slaves
8. Black soldiers fought for the Confederacy
9. Africans were captured by Europeans
10. White people ended slavery
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