"Black History" textbook a surprise…
When my mother was in the hospital recently I had the opportunity to visit with some of the nurses and nurses’ aides while my mother napped.
One of these young Black aides had her "African-American History" book with her to get some study time in during the lulls. Since much of what the 37th researches has to do with Black history I asked her if I could borrow the book for little while.
Specifically, I turned to the Index and checked for the word "Jamestown" since I knew that virtually every other history book I had found being used in the school system terms the first Africans brought to Jamestown in 1619 as "slaves."
Much to my surprise the book contained the accurate history of the origins of American slavery in Jamestown taken with little editorial changes from the following:
Virginia, Guide to The Old Dominion, WPA Writers’ Program, Oxford University Press, NY, 1940, p. 378
"In 1650 there were only 300 negroes in Virginia, about one percent of the population. They weren’t slaves any more than the approximately 4,000 white indentured servants working out their loans for passage money to Virginia, and who were granted 50 acres each when freed from their indentures, so they could raise their own tobacco.
Slavery was established in 1654 when Anthony Johnson, Northampton County, convinced the court that he was entitled to the lifetime services of John Casor, a negro. This was the first judicial approval of life servitude, except as punishment for a crime.
But who was Anthony Johnson, winner of this epoch-making decision? Anthony Johnson was a negro himself, one of the original 20 brought to Jamestown (1619) and ‘sold’ to the colonists. By 1623 he had earned his freedom and by 1651, was prosperous enough to import five ‘servants’ of his own, for which he received a grant of 250 acres as ‘headrights.’
Anthony Johnson ought to be in a ‘Book of Firsts.’ As the most ambitious of the first 20, he could have been the first negro to set foot on Virginia soil. He was Virginia’s first free negro and first to establish a negro community, first negro landowner, first negro slave owner and as the first, white or black, to secure slave status for a servant, he was actually the founder of slavery in Virginia.
A remarkable man."
Consider how odd it is that mainstream history books in the school system teach that the first Africans in Jamestown were slaves while the "Black History" book tells the truth.
"The End and the Way – We must never lose sight of the main object of the war, and of the means by which that object can be attained…This war is prosecuted for the maintenance of the Union and of the indivisible nationality of the United States. It is not, as foreigners suppose, a war for tariffs, or on account of slavery. The Unites states Government has no other object in view than the assertion of its authority over the whole of its dominion, and the practical refutation of the subversive doctrines of secession and State sovereignty." – Harper’s Weekly, December 21, 1861