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7 Lies That American Children Are Taught About Slavery

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A textbook distributed to Virginia fourth-graders in 2010 said that thousands of African-Americans fought for the South during the Civil War — a claim rejected by most historians but often made by groups seeking to play down slavery’s role as a cause of the conflict. The author, Joy Masoff, who is not a trained historian but has written several books, told The Washington Post she found the information about Black Confederate soldiers primarily through Internet research, which turned up work by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. “As controversial as it is, I stand by what I write,” she said. “I am a fairly respected writer.”

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20 thoughts on “7 Lies That American Children Are Taught About Slavery

  1. Oh yes…another misleading "story-teller" being used to negate the need for paying REPARATIONS to the Black people in this country. Maybe what he meant to write was that…" by the time the nineteenth century rolled around…that the free labor that the slaves had provided FOR THE PREVIOUS 200 YEARS…was enough to have sustained the US Economy for the next two centuries."

  2. Who is John Smith? African were not the only Race force to be Slave. Their is a story on what make the African a hot commodity. They can work in the heat for long hours and they have a strong immunity.

  3. The King of Israel is going to avenge our enemies and restore everything that was taken from us. How about that for the Truth you damn Heathens.

  4. Genica Allen says:

    Bruce, the Irish immigrants you referred to, was given their freedom once their servitude was complete. Black slave did not have that options, they were slaves for life. And many of the Irish served their sentences overseeing the black slaves. The Irish may have been treated bad, not worst than slaves. Most Irish came to America on immigrant ships, not like cattle. They did not get stripped naked for slave masters before an auction. Seems you need to go back to school as well.

    As for Native Americans, Jewish and even Asians people are not called whiners are considered playing their race card when the subject of the way their people were treated in the past. But as soon as a black person or people talk about slavery people like you get your feathers in a ruffle. And I do not want anything, but to be treated like a human being. But with the studies that show a white man with a felony conviction can get a job faster than a black with no criminal record. Or the bias hiring of processes of many companies do not help black people succeed. By the way slaves had a lot to do with the building of this country. Who do you think built the White House, slave owners, please.

    Bruce you saying you are sick of hear of the slavery Bullshit as you call it, guess what? We as black people are tired of hearing that our ancestor did not matter, what they went through did not matter.

  5. I'm just surprised they stopped at seven.

  6. LOL @ go back to school. And LOL @ these deflection tactics… "Oh, slavery's not bad because white people treated other people bad too". You sound ridiculous man. And your "history lesson" is full of holes, but your agenda is transparent so I guess it's all good… I know you don't believe what you said.

  7. We should charge Whites $10,000 for every slave they have ever owned, and pay $10,000 to blacks who were slaves. But there is no justice in taking money from people who never owned slaves, and giving it to people who have never been slaves, as "reparations" for slavery!

  8. but were the only race that was forced into slavery in america, I don't care about anywhere else.

  9. and it don't make no sense sending my federal tax dollars over seas because I didn't have anything to do with the holocaust…

  10. first mr fountain indentured servants worked under contract for a set number of years they were nothing close to a slave, second your tax money went to pay the japanese the same japs that bombed pearl harbor, you paid for ronald regains baboonery in central america you even paid reparations to the same vietnamese that kick your ass in southeast asia just think about that..

  11. there must of been something about those black folk's they loved the gave up 600,000 lives to keep us in slavery,

  12. Robert Weathersby And neither did anyone else in this country (other than those who immigrated here after they lost their jobs in concentration camps). That's why we are not paying reparations for it. We can very well debate the advisability of our foreign aid programs, but they have nothing to do with the holocaust.

  13. what they don't mention here is that it was the Democrat party who started the KKK.

  14. Yes, this is true, and not just outside of America. Before Africans were brought to the Americas, the first slaves here were the indigenous people. During the 1600s and 1700s, the British sold Irish prison inmates into slavery here in the U.S However, that is another part of America's history that is often downplayed.

  15. Ya, but if they kept going, they would've had to write enough to fill a book, and a damn big one at that. Too much of America's history on slavery is either downplayed, ignored, or just plain covered up.

  16. Mark Curran says:

    I learned a lot about Lincoln from Frederick Douglass. I wish I had beem smart enough to read all of Lincolon's speeches and full debates, and his history first, but Douglass got me going in the right direction.

    Douglass corrected stupid people about Lincoln., Maybe you are stupid about LIncoln?

    Sure, you don't think you are stupid, but I did not either.

    Learn something you don't know. It keeps you from staying stupid.

  17. Jeff Gué says:

    Then what happened?

  18. Actually, Bruce, industrialization did spring forth from slavery, and I'll do my best to tell you why. America did not industrialize until the latter decades of the 1800's. Do you want to know how they accomplished this? I'll tell you. When slavery was abololished and blacks began to commune and build together for thier own prosperity, laws were enacted to stop them. It became a crime to be homeless, yet blacks could not own land, and thus needed a white person to couch for where they lived. It was a crime to be unemployed, meaning, if you were a blck self emplyed person and no white person would vouch that you performed services for them, you were jailed. After the abolotion of slavery, black men were jailed at alarmingly high rates for "vagrancy" (look it up). When these black men were jailed, (largely in southern states), they were sent to jails in mid-west and nothern states and as part of their "rehabilitation" their labor was contracted out to the steel companies, namely U.S. Steel and made to work in the coal mines to harvest coal and quarts that CREATED THE STEEL INDUSTRY. And that steel industry is what created America's industrial period and America's wealth and America's growth period. There are several books on the subject. So before you go using that silly white-privalaeged notion of white people haveing created anything on thier own, look a liiiiittle bit deeper and understand that the very wealth of the country was and continues to be built off the back of blacks, whether it the form of slave labor or from the penile system.

  19. You likely won't read this. I don't care. Read this or ignore it–it matters not to me. I'm writing this on principle's sake. And admittedly, at the same time, out of pure ego's sake, always wanting to be right. So, I speak for myself here.

    1) Many black people, like myself, have considerable Native American ancestry. I have enough of it in me to be officially recognized as Native American. You pointing out how Natives were mistreated is no merit to your point, nor refutation of the point at hand.

    You are prompting a red herring here, since acknowledgement of the severity and persistence of social issues since does not negate nor deny the adversity suffered upon the Native Americans.

    If anything, you're only adding fuel to the fire of social American injustice, further ignored by the likes of you, but only remembered when it's convenient to complain about other injustices.


    2) Personally, as a history man and general acknowledger of truth, I for one do not deny the history of the Irish indenture servitude (slavery) trade in America. I do, however, keep it all in proper perspective.

    First of all, millions of Irish WERE released after their years of servitude. You even had Irish who enscripted themselves as servants to pay off family debts. Most Irish servants saw freedom granted to them at end of seven years, some returned home, while some were even given their own land and were recognized as free U.S. citizens.

    There is also no reliable evidence showing that they suffered worse than black slaves did–no consensus of history supports this claim, save for the claims made by conservatives. This isn't to say there weren't any atrocities and mistreatment done to Irish indentured servants.

    It's simply to say there's no record, evidence or historical consistency to the claim that they were treated "worse" than black slaves. It's true that black slaves were considered the more precious slave, since they had bigger physiques and worked longer than others, but they weren't given any special treatment as slaves.

    Granted, there does appear to be some credibility to the claim that there were Irish citizens, ideally children, who were kidnapped (even where the word "kidnapping" supposedly comes from) and brought to work on American colonies. This is history that shoudn't be ignored. But again, this is history that simply doesn't represent the larger picture about slavery or outweigh the atrocities committed to black slaves.

    You're trying to weigh thousands of Irish slaves against the millions (average estimate: about 12.5 million) of African slaves. You're trying to weigh the injustices done to Irish who often saw their idenitities, cultures and dignity restored to them, to that of African families stripped of their identities, cultures, and dignity so much, that they had to reinvent themselves in America.

    (And even that much, what little American identity they formed often got appropriated, as America saw endlessly towards barbershop music, black gospel, ragtime, jazz, doo-wop, soul, R&B, funk, EDM, and hip-hop.

    From Paul Whiteman to Elvis to Iggy Azalea, it's cultural appropriation that makes global icons out of popular white entertainment. Cultural gentrification that erases all fingerprints of its heritage aspect and reduces it to trite technical chops, gentler enough for whiter audiences.)


    3) The problems for the Irish in America after their experience with slavery weren't nearly as adverse or longstanding as issues for African-Americans–many issues for black Americans still remaining in various forms today.

    The Irish in America who saw most persecution post-slavery-era were the immigrants who came to America during their Great Famine–then again, all immigrants of the mid-19th century saw adversity. Italians, Jews, Poles, Chinese, etc.

    But still, the Irish weren't suffering the fate common to many black Americans, such as being lynched, chased by the Klan, facing egregious injustices frequented in American courtrooms, attacked in their churches and homes, or see many of the other adversity that African-Americans commonly saw, even after the end of black slavery and for many decades afterwards.

    Irish-Americans were generally all free members of white society by the 19th century. By the early 20th-century, the Irish-Americans had been fully-integrated and globally-accepted figures among white American culture. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Buster Keaton, Walt Disney, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and such.

    America has also long seen many politicians, even during slavery in America, and long before civil rights were finally brought to public attention and broaden for black Americans, and long afterwards (as for the list of figures I've mentioned).

    From Andrew Jackson (who was President during slavery) to Bill Clinton (who was humorously deemed the "first black President"), America had had an 10 Irish-American Presidents. Funny enough, even our current President is half-black and half-white with some Irish descent, but even being half-white, he'll only get flak as black. Go figure.

    I'm apolitical, but I do wonder how it feels being a president that many blacks consider as not black enough (largely because he can't magically make the issues of black America disappear), and many whites consider as too black. But hey, that's just the kind of dilemma a black American can expect, even today. However subtle or pronounced, however common or uncommon. But those Irish? Nobody even questions their heritage or issues anymore.


    4) As ironically as Irish Americans have suffered their own various instances of social injustices in America, it sure hasn't stop many Irish-heavy populations in New England, like Boston, from being some of the most unwelcoming regions to black Americans.

    Boston is much better today than before, but still, when players like hockey player P.K. Subban can still get some nasty racist jeers from some hockey fans in Boston, it speaks volumes to the nature of some unresolved issues still remaining with some.

    Granted, the Irish have been known to be pretty much unwelcoming to just about anyone outside of Irish descent, but there's been no short supply of hateful black racial slurs hailed from Irish communities. All in the Family's Archie Bunker wasn't an Irish-American character stereotype stemming from nowhere–he was common face in America.


    5) People like you wish to downplay what ugly history you cannot face, and what persisting issues today you will not notice. You yourself never don't have some of the issues that many African-Americans still face. You don't care, because you don't have to for your life, and so you never will.

    They say time heals all wounds, but this illustration suffers an intrinsic flaw: Time doesn't heal all wounds. Only TREATING THE WOUND is what heals wounds. Otherwise, time will only infect the wound, left untreated.

    Throughout the course of American history, many like you wish to have time act as healing, only that silence is no substitute for facing truth. If some of us make a little noise about issues many may face today, and remind the world where it all started, perhaps you should consider that such is result from people tried of the infection of negligence and denial.

    The only way we can truly heal as a nation is if we're honest about the past, the present, and work on the future. But this will never happen. Because human nature is intrinsically selfish, and people tend to bother about only their own problems in life.

    This issue with majority-over-minority racism is no exception. And unfortunately, it will never truly go away. What isn't resolved, remains. For many white Americans, their personal whims with racism were never truly resolved, and so its variously remains. And will likely always remain.

  20. Ralph Dupree says:

    James Michael Crain Americans pay roughly 600 billion dollars a year in "reparations" to The Khazar Jewish people who went thru the holocaust.

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