- Slavery was an ancient and universal institution, not a distinctively American innovation.
- Slavery existed only briefly, and in limited locales, in the history of the republic – involveing only a tiny percentage of the ancestors of today's Americans.
- Though brutal, slavery wasn't genocidal: live slaves were valuable but dead captives brought no profit.
- It’s not true that the U.S. became a wealthy nation through the abuse of slave labor: the most prosperous states in the country were those that first freed their slaves.
- While America deserces no unique blame for the existence of slavery, the United States merits special credit for its rapid abolition.
- There is no reason to believe that today's African-Americans would be better off if their ancestors had remained behind in Africa.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Michael Medved: Six inconvenient truths about the U.S. and slavery
Once again, in doing some of my volunteer work for The Victory Caucus, I came across an interesting article unrelated to that cause. Being a bit of a history buff, Six inconvenient truths about the U.S. and slavery by Michael Medved [caught my eye]. I'd had a conversation a while back with my dad (now a high school history teacher) about slavery in The New World, and how many have distorted views of who were the worst offenders when it came to trafficking in African slaves. I recommend reading the whole thing, but here are Medved's bullet points: