4/18/2010

The South was not the only guilty party to slavery

Is slavery mentioned when we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4?

Slavery was legal and practiced in all 13 Colonies when the Declaration was signed.

Several of the people from New England involved in the Declaration were making massive profits on the slave trade.

Most of the New England industries were built with profits realized from the slave trade.

Several of the Ivy League schools were funded by profits from slave trading and selling.

It was the American flag that flew over the ships owned by New England merchants, not the Confederate flag.

The living conditions on the slave ships were so horrendous that on occasion only half of the slaves arrived alive in the West. The last slave ship captured was from Rhode Island in 1862.

Every colony or state profited from and practiced slavery at one time or another. I believe there is enough guilt to be spread elsewhere and not just on the South.

Anyone interested should read "Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery," written by three veteran New England journalists.

Benjamin Franklin owned slaves. It might be believed by some people that 150 years is way too long to still be demeaning the South for this evil.

Ted Humphries
Stafford