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On The 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War:

SLAVERY IN AMERICA
Compiled & Edited by Don Noyes-More Ph.D.

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 Ralph Ellison  -

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SLAVES ON PLANTATION c. 1862

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EX-SLAVES GATHER FOR PICTURE BY NORTHERN ARMY

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NO JUSTICE - NO PROTECTIONS - NO FREEDOM

Black people did not "come to this country seeking a better life." They were kidnapped from their homes in Africa, dragged in chains and loaded onto slave ships--treated not like human beings but like things, commodities to be traded and used to enrich others. Tens of millions of enslaved Africans died before even reaching America, so terrible were the conditions on the slave ships. Those who survived the trip and were then sold to plantation owners were treated like pieces of machinery. Slaveowners commonly referred to the slaves as "talking tools." That is how Black people were treated for the first 250 years of their experience in America. Revolution Magazine 

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African peoples, and the native peoples in North America, were treated as something less than human--as though they were "beasts" or "savages" who never had reached and never could reach the "high level of civilization" of the Europeans. The fact that, both in Africa and in North America, there were highly developed societies and cultures long before Europeans came to dominate these places--this basic truth was denied and "written out of history" by the European conquerors and enslavers. Revolution Magazine

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Black people's own major and heroic role in fighting against slavery is denied or downgraded by the "official histories." The facts are that there were over 200 slave revolts, including the more famous ones led by Nat Turner in Virginia and Denmark Vesey in South Carolina, as well as other revolts that were covered up and written out of history by the slavemasters. Revolution Magazine

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SLAVE CABINS

What about the Civil War that finally ended slavery? Once they were allowed to, masses of Black people flooded into the northern (Union) army in that war and fought courageously and with great sacrifice on the front lines--even though they were still subjected to segregation and discrimination, even down to the level where their pay as soldiers was only about half that of the white soldiers! Nearly 200,000 Blacks fought in the Union army and one out of every five (almost 40,000) gave their lives in this fight. Revolution Magazine

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BRINGING IN THE CROP

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CHILDREN WORKED IN THE FIELDS WITH THEIR MOTHER

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The "founding fathers" of the USA defended slavery and upheld the interests of the slaveowners against the slaves. This is true of "the father of his country," George Washington, who was himself a slaveowner, and it is true of the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States --men like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Revolution Magazine

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THE SLAVE OWNERS CALLED THEM "TALKING TOOLS".

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16 HOUR WORK DAYS 6 DAYS A WEEK!

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ABOVE PHOTO OF A WOMAN RAPED BY HER WHITE MASTER

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FREED SLAVES HEAD NORTH

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