1000s of new documents found on brutal history of slavery in US

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New documents have been found revealing the depth of brutal slavery in the United States.

Around 2,000 pages of historical documents, dating back from the 1600s to 1800s, were discovered in the attic of a 200-year-old house in the US state of Maryland.

Some of the pages reveal harrowing details about the auction and sale of enslaved African Americans, whose rights keep being violated decades after the formal abolishment of slavery in the US.

“It was important to the community because this will connect the dots for people and the younger generation, to let them know how things were. To move forward, you have to see what the past was like,” Carolyn Brooks, a community historian with the Chesapeake Heartland Project, told the Hill.

The papers were initially headed for auction but members of the local Black community raised money to make sure they are preserved for  future generations to witness.

America is built on Black pain, Black suffering, and white violence on Black bodies

“This project has started to give me pieces of myself and who I am and it’s something I couldn’t be more grateful for,” said Darius Johnson, a Washington College alum, who saw pictures.

One of the documents details embezzlement of over 50 acres of land originally purchased by a free mixed-race farmer in 1802.

“Tying in the historical narrative has been critical because I want the Black people of Kent County to know that, just a generation or two away, our people owned something – and within that generation or two, we lost that. It’s not that far out of reach, it’s attainable,” Johnson added.

The papers were released at a time that the African Americans’ struggled to seek justice and equal opportunities continued across the United States to no avail.

The Black communities’ quest for justice has been boosted by the high profile cases of people of color losing their lives in the hands of White police officers.

Many believe that police racial practices in the US today have their origins in the slave trade markets of the past.

A wide rage of experts have pointed out to what is called “modern day slavery” in the country nowadays.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Was what is done do Negroes in that time worse than what was done to poor Russian ,Irish, Dutch people in the same circumstances under serfdom? I doubt . How was the treatment of farmers under feudalistic rule in Germany and Russia in that time?.They could not leave the premisses of their landlord and were hunted as well when escaping. Serfdom was only abolished in 1873 in Germany but continued another 50 odd years under a different name and in Russia in 1861 (against the wishes of the Jews!) . Slavery is not a black white story , it was only in American history . It continued in a new form under the Soviets in Russia and satellites in Gulag camps in Siberia like Kolyma, with survival rates of inmates shorter than 3 years on average. It is well known that living standards of enslaved blacks in America were a lot higher than in “free” Africa (where slavery continued until after 1900 and king Leopold2 of Belgium had to abolish it by warfare against local warlords in Congo. That Irish people were worst of in treatment and status. Many Irish were treated as slaves in the nineteenth century. Thanks to BLM there is another myth going around..What about communism, which is promoted by BLM, to be slavery to the state? To use examples of bad slavery to a new type of slavery is their trick.

  2. Give some equal time, not to mention reparations to their descendants, for the tens of thousands of white slaves who toiled and perished in the tobacco plantations in the American South and the Sugar plantations in Barbados. Euphemistically called, “Indentured Servants”, these poor people were treated much more harshly than their black counterparts as they were freely given to the plantation owners under penalty of death while the black slaves were paid for with gold and silver. What do you value more? That which you receive for free or that which you pay for?

  3. Am I supposed to take a knee now? Or maybe two?
    Interesting wording “for future generations to WITNESS?” or “people of color losing their lives to WHITE police officers.” And these are “high profile cases” Of course they’re high profile cases. It’s the media. What do you think they would report. Kitten up a tree story. No, of course not. RACE is big news and every story about a WHITE police officer shooting a black CRIMINAL is big news. I need clarification here. If a WHITE police officer shoots a black criminal it’s racist or just newsworthy. Great news they found them. Pity so much of our past is being destroyed or distorted these days.

    • The only news ever reported is that which serves the ruling elites’ agenda.
      If they really wanted to, they could publish nothing but 100% feel good stories 24/7/365.
      But a nation of happy people are hard to herd.

    • What is your point? That whites never did anything wrong, it’s just fashionable to accuse them?

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