26 March 2013

Black People DID Own Slaves? Yes ....

As with any bit of history, there is complexity.

People like to think that only “white” plantation owners owned and used enslaved labor.  People like to think that it was only “white males” who fathered children with enslaved female negroes.  The list could go on.

The article, Did Black People Own Slaves? by Henry Louis Gates Jr (at The Root) reminds us that they did.  This challenges us to be open-minded when looking into the records of who owned slaves and why – both in terms of who, where, when, why, etc.  The history is complex and the repercussions have been long-lasting.

Some other articles on the same topic are:

Were your ancestors enslaved by a black owner?

Have you been challenged to determine the “race” of who owned your ancestors?

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