The fight to end slavery says more about us than slavery does

The Battle of Gettysburg

The NYT wants us to believe that slavery is the primary factor in the foundation and development of the United States. They want us to believe that slavery defines and shapes us to this day. The NYT is full of shit. We inherited slavery. We ended it. The fight to end slavery and the struggle for equal rights says far more about us than slavery does.

Lyman Stone at The Federalist:

Slavery In America Did Not Begin In 1619, And Other Things The New York Times Gets Wrong

The New York Times has published a series of essays about slavery, race, and American politics under the heading “1619 Project.” These essays cover an enormous amount of terrain: music, constitutional theory, economics, management, ethnic identity, and more.

Many conservatives responded negatively, which at first perplexed me. Slavery was a huge part of American history and has affected every facet of our society. A collection of articles outlining this history seems as good a topic as any to write about.

But zoomed out from the mostly mundane minutiae of individual articles — in the absence of slavery and thus without as much African influence in our music, what would American music sound like? — a larger concern animates the 1619 Project. The project’s central purpose is not simply to educate Americans about the history of labor accounting from plantation to data visualization, or an account of the history of brutal sugar cultivation, but to give a specific narrative about what America is.

The project’s summary makes the aim quite clear: “[The 1619 Project] aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”

Considered this way, the 1619 Project looks very different. It isn’t mostly about helping Americans understand the role played by plantation agriculture in American history. It’s mostly about convincing Americans that “America” and “slavery” are essentially synonyms.

It’s mostly about trying to tell readers they should feel sort of, kind of, at least a little bit bad about being American, because, didn’t you hear? As several articles say explicitly, America, in its basic DNA, is not a liberal democracy, constitutional republic, or federation. It’s a slave society.

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This story of slavery as something somehow “foreign” to many Americans will read as a bit much to many enthusiasts of the 1619 Project. If Americans were so unhappy with slavery, why didn’t they abolish it?

My answer is simple: we did. At the risk of historical absurdity, it must be noted that when Georgia was founded in 1732, slavery was banned, making it the first place in the Western hemisphere to ban slavery. But alas, the appeal of plantation wealth was too great, and by 1752 the King George II (the father of the George we rebelled against) had taken over Georgia as a royal colony, and instituted slavery.

Thus, in 1775, there was no free soil anywhere in the Western hemisphere. Slavery was a universal law. While I cannot say for certain, it is possible there was no free soil in the entire world—that is, no society that categorically forbade all slavery.

But then something changed. Revolutionary agitation led to war in 1776, and by 1777, Vermont’s de facto secession from New York and New Hampshire created the first modern polity in the western hemisphere to forbid the keeping of slaves. In 1777, war with Britain was barely begun.

Vermont was hardly secure. But in their opening salvo to a watching world, Vermonters made clear what they thought America was about: liberty for all mankind. In 1780, still amidst the guns of war, Massachusetts’ constitution rendered enslavement legally unenforceable, and the judiciary soon abolished it.

Numerous states followed suit. Their exact procedure varied: some immediately emancipated all slaves, some used gradual emancipation, and some tried other “creative” methods. But the point is that, unlike in some early-abolition countries like France or Peru, or in Georgia’s early free status, abolitionism stuck in America.

The fledging Confederation Congress set aside the majority of the land ceded from Great Britain as free soil. Despite concerted attempts by southerners to “flip” both Indiana and Illinois as slave states, the early commitment to abolition held fast. Likewise, the United States was the second country, by a matter of weeks, to outlaw the international trade in slaves, after Great Britain. Countries like Spain and Portugal continued thereafter to trade slaves for decades, and Brazil did not outlaw slavery until 1888.

In other words, Americans were early adopters of abolition. We were the first to establish formally abolitionist constitutions and states, the second to ban the trade in slaves, and middle-of-the-pack in achieving uniform abolition of slavery.

America did not invent slavery. Slavery is at least as old as civilization itself. We didn’t even bring slavery to the New World. Native Americans practiced slavery before the arrival of Columbus. But we did something unique in human history. We freed our slaves, and made them citizens.

Historically, slaves stay slaves until outside forces free them, Only once have slaves freed themselves. In Haiti, in 1791 the slaves rose up and defeated their French masters in the only successful slave revolt in history. According to the Bible, the Hebrew slaves were freed when God sent a series of plagues upon Egypt. Slaves have been freed by outside invaders, but that hasn’t always worked out so well. Hernán Cortés allied with tribes that were enslaved by the Aztecs to conquer Mexico, but afterwards, all the indigenous tribes were thralls of the Spaniards.

Slavery was legal in America when our nation was founded. It continued to be legal for about fourscore and seven years. Then we fought a terrible war to rid our nation of slavery. We amended our Constitution to outlaw slavery and to make the former slaves citizens. Years later we fought a legal and political war to ensure that the descendants of slaves would have the full rights and privileges of citizenship.

Nobody forced America to end slavery. We forced ourselves to do it. Later we forced ourselves to end segregation and racism. We did such a good job on the latter one that “racist” is one of the worst labels you can be given. Even actual racists don’t want people to think they are racists.

The NYT is not seeking to enlighten people with the truth, they are cynically seeking to help the Leftist Democrats regain political power.

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102 Responses to The fight to end slavery says more about us than slavery does

  1. helenk3 says:

    the people who deserve the most respect are those who fought to end slavery, but their history is being wiped out by a bunch of know nothings

    • Constance says:

      I am sure that, as usual, the people with “white privilege” who benefited from slavery did not fight the battles to free the slaves. I am sure it was the white trash who have never had “white privilege” who fought and died for the cause of freedom for slaves. Now the descendants of those men who are mostly still white trash that the elitists at the NYT can smell at Walmart get to hear how they are guilty of “white privilege” from a bunch of ignorant elitist snots.

  2. helenk3 says:

    this is unbelievable

    • Anthony says:

      He gonna jump into her grave that fast?

    • lyn says:

      Misinformation. That’s only when the opposing party controls the Senate.

    • Constance says:

      You me Democrats will tear this country apart. I respect RBG. The statement that no further cancer treatment is called for does not necessarily mean everything is great. It could mean there is nothing more that can be done for her.

      • Woke Lola says:

        Very likely the case with pancreatic cancer. Fast killer, incurable. Pancreas is on of the few organs that keep generating cells as we age, and those cells travel throughout the body. Cancer loves that kind of internal highway.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        Somebody from Antifa doxxed a woman who posted a few things on a website they say is white supremacist. They traced her to a business named Schooner Farms. The husband and wife that run the company grow organic veggies and have a booth a the Bloomington Farmers Market.

        The Left wants them banned.

        • Woke Lola says:

          Bloomington is Propaganda Central for the left in Indiana due to Indiana University being located there. Those attached to the University are batshit crazy and surrounded by working class conservatives. They’ve been trying to indoctrinate Indiana citizenry for the better part of a century, but with little success. They’re better at it up there in Lake County, also known as the true South Chicago.

      • Anthony says:

        “I am disgusted at the level of lies, misinformation, falsehoods and intimidation by those who do not know me or my family,” she said. Ms. Dye referred to herself as “an identitarian,” which she described as a worldview that “emphasizes the importance of identity.”

        Having a personal identity is the enemy of the goals of Collectivism, which inspired Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged’. Collectivism is a softer way to say Communism.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

    • Cisco says:

      To bad the days of applying a wood shampoo to a-holes like this dipshit have long passed.

  3. Myiq2xu™ says:

  4. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Trump makes a joke, Leftists loose their shit.

  5. taw46 says:

    • Jadzia says:

      One of my favorite French towns at the loveliest time of year down there. I holed up down there alone a few years ago to finish my dissertation. Try the Basque cerise gâteau!

  6. helenk3 says:

    https://www.lawfareblog.com/little-noticed-way-mcgahn-litigation-could-shape-congressional-oversight

    I do not understand all this , but apparently it could make a difference

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  11. Dora says:

    The democrats will raise all kinds of hell and drag him through court for years, but I hope he does this.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Yep. 😀

  13. taw46 says:

    Sunny Melania! 🌞

  14. Dora says:

    Good! Keep the press far away.

    • taw46 says:

      Keep them far away. The press and all the other Trump haters have been trashing him last night and today over the G7 this week-end. As usual, they ramp it up when he goes overseas. Blah, blah, blah, the world hates us, blah, blah, blah, he will blow up the G7, blah, blah, blah.

    • DeniseVB says:

      As did the Press traveling with Obama on international trips. I think they were more miserable under GWB having to stay in Crawford, TX when he went to the ranch, oh how bored they were 😀

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  17. Angie says:

    🤣🤣🤣

    • foxyladi14 says:

      😂

    • DeniseVB says:

      LOL, click on the photo to see the full photo and what Aunty was commenting on. When I first saw it, his head was cut off and I thought it was a woman too 😀

      • Mothy67 says:

        Denise
        Remember that theater district restaurant I told you about? I looked it up to see how it was doing as I once encountered Sam Jackson there.
        Found this
        “It was dangerous and there were a lot of drugs around, but that also made it cheaper,” he explains. Indicating the section of the restaurant we are sitting in, he adds: “I bought this building from Donald Trump’s father; he had a considerably lower profile but a lot more real estate.”

        https://broadwaydirect.com/joe-allen/

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  19. Dora says:

    Great DM photographs, as usual.

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    ‘Everybody’s getting along!’ Donald Trump breaks bread with Emmanuel Macron in Biarritz after taking a swipe at fellow leaders – who he called friends for the most part’ but not in ‘100 percent of the cases’ – and threatening to tax French wine
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7389913/Trump-opens-G7-slap-leaders-calling-friends-part.html

  20. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • DandyTIger says:

      “Don’t trust China, China is asshole.” Couldn’t have said it better myself. China is killing 10s of thousands of our citizens every year on purpose. Time to pull manufacturing out of China and time to stop trading with them. Fuck China.

  21. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Mom’s long-time boss died yesterday. He was the city manager for most of the 70’s and part of the 80’s. She was the secretary to several city managers in her 35 years but this guy was the one she was closest to. A couple weeks ago he took her out to lunch and they spent a couple hours together talking and driving around and discussing all the changes that took place since they worked together.

    My sister emailed me last night and I told Mom when she got up. The downside of living a long time is seeing so many of your friends and family go first.

    • lateblum says:

      My mom lived the last 7 years of her life in a wonderful assisted living place. She made many friends and probably had the most comfortable years of her life there. And she had fun! The biggest downside – maybe the only downside – for her was when there was an empty chair at a dining table. It usually meant someone had passed on – if they weren’t out on a pass. That, of course, brought sadness to everyone. Mom was 98 when she died.
      It was the saddest day of my life.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Sorry to hear. Losing friends and family has a big impact on heath. Good to keep an eye on her and keep getting her out and about.

    • helenk3 says:

      I am sorry for your mom’s loss of a friend, That always hurts. From what you have posted here about your mom, she sounds like a strong, amazing lady and will be sad but will get through this sad time

    • Dora says:

      Sorry about your Mom’s friend. It’s so sad to see a friend pass on.

      That place in her life will be empty for a long time.

      Your Mom truly is a lucky woman to have you to care for her and be a companion.

    • lyn says:

      So sorry. ❤

    • lateblum says:

      I’m sorry for your mom’s loss. I know it isn’t easy to watch your own mother being saddened by the loss of a friend. ❤️

    • taw46 says:

      My mother had five brothers. The last living one died in November, he was 96. He often talked about how sad it was to lose everyone you grew up with, family and friends, to be the last one left. He had all of us who loved him dearly, but no one left who shared his memories of childhood and school years, and so many other things.

  22. Dora says:

    CARRIE SYMONDS, 31, is the girlfriend of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55. The blonde caught attention when she was spotted outside Downing Street waiting for her boyfriend in a pink dress. Is a wedding on the cards? What dress would the bride of a Prime Minister wear?

    https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/style/1163551/Carrie-Symonds-Boris-Johnson-Carolyn-Bessette-Kennedy-wedding-dress-Meghan-Markle

  23. Dora says:

    I’m sure he is.

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    U.S. Thinks Macron Twisting G-7 to Hurt Trump, Win Favor at Home

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-24/u-s-thinks-macron-twisting-g-7-to-hurt-trump-win-favor-at-home

  24. Dora says:

    Good article from Sarah.

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    Exclusive—Sarah Palin: Trump Can See Greenland from His House

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/08/22/exclusive-sarah-palin-trump-can-see-greenland-from-his-house/

  25. taw46 says:

    It’s CNN, so ignore the spoken bs. But a nice video of the Trumps and the Macrons.

  26. helenk3 says:

    /social.quodverum.com/@ThomasWic/102670425313224811

    Trump thinking out of the box

  27. Dora says:

    Another wardrobe change for Melania.

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