North Responsible For Slavery
Another article I wrote several years ago as a rebuttal to a liberal newspaper commentary accusing the South of Slavery.
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The North was primarily responsible for the Development of Slavery In America. Massachusetts Was The 1st Colony To Legalize Slavery By Statute In 1641. They began enslaving the Pequot Indians shortly after the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620. In Virginia a 7 year Indentured Servitude existed from 1607 until 1654. Anthony Johnson, a free black, went before the courts of Virginia (English Court) and successfully obtained lifetime ownership of John Casor another black man. Thus the father of Southern slavery was a black man. Four New England States, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire Along With New York Were Responsible For The Vast Majority Of The Slave Trade From The Mid 1600’s Until It Ended On April 21, 1861.
On That Date The U.S. Sloop Of War "Saratoga" Captured The Slave Ship "Nightingale" With 900 Slaves Aboard. This Slave Ship Was Owned, Manned And Equipped By The City Of Boston, Massachusetts. The Captain Of The Ship Saratoga Was John Julius Guthrie, A U.S.Naval Officer, Who Soon Resigned And Joined The Confederate Service. This Is A Matter Of Record On File At The Navy Department In Washington. The Last Capture Of A Slaver Was By A Southern Officer And The "Good" People Of Massachusetts Were Engaged In Slave Trading Even At The Beginning Of "The War Between The States" (CIVIL WAR).
The 1st Slave Ship In America "The Desire" Was Fitted Out In Marblehead, Massachusetts. Dubois, A Famous Black Historian Wrote "The American Slave Trade Came To Be Carried On Principally By United States Capital, In United States Ships Officered By United States Citizens And Under The United States Flag."
Mr. Cecil Chesterman, A Distinguished English Historian, In His "History Of The United States" Says On This Point, "The North Had Been The Original Slave Traders. The African Slave Trade Had Been Their Particular Industry. Boston Itself Had Risen To Prosperity On The Profits Of The Abominable Traffic." Mr. Chesterman Asks "What Could Exceed The Hypocrisy Of New England Men Who Reproach The South With Grave Personal Sin In Owning Property Which They Themselves Sold Southerners And The Price Of Which Is Still In Their Pockets".